What has contributed to limited pharmacologic research across different ethnic groups?
Discuss differences in cultural values/beliefs regarding acceptance of psychotropic medications.
With the rise in migration mental instability may present at any given time. As we know Mental stigma is not well embraced in many cultures, yet patients and clinicians must face presented underlying mental cases that are perceived differently in each culture. Many factors affect full acceptance due to language barrier, cultural commitment and value in traditional medications and side effects. Patients presenting for somatic symptoms sometimes have no medical explanation and may be affected by a psychiatric condition. The sealed culturally beliefs may block the connection to mind and body existence to accept a dual diagnosis (Bhugra et al. 2011).
How does this affect engagement, adherence rates, medication selection, patient education?