Launched a few days ago, the book “PSIQUIATRICAMENTE – Psiquiatria Essencial na Practica Clínica” is a guide curated by psychiatrists João Vacucho Oliveira, Ana Margarida Fraga and Pedro Sintra.
The work aims to contribute to the psychiatric literacy of many health professionals. This is the case for doctors in general medicine, family medicine, neurology and other clinical specialties, psychiatry trainees and medical students.
This work was developed in collaboration with the Cascais Group of Health Centers (ACES), and with the support of Lundbeck Portugal, and involved the collaboration of around thirty authors from different health units in the country.
“This book arose from an idea by Dr. João Vacucho, and our main goal was to create a book that had practical use, as it would guide the doctor in his daily activities,” explains Pedro Sintra, Director of the Psychiatric Service at Cascais Hospital – Dr. José de Almeida, and one of the coordinators of the guide. “.
Thus, divided into a series of thematic chapters, “Psychiatry – Basic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice” is a manual that, in addition to striving to be didactic in its approach, includes summaries of etiology, risk factors and etiological factors, without losing sight of the therapeutic approach. “, highlights the psychiatrist.
João Vacucho Oliveira, Pedro Sintra and Nuno Basilio
“Assisting colleagues in general and family medicine”
For João Vacucho, psychiatrist at Cascais Hospital and coordinator and one of about 30 co-authors of this work, “the book, specifically designed to help colleagues in general and family medicine, serves as an aid in their clinical work.” On the other hand, “it is also within our scope, as psychiatrists, to improve our interaction with these professionals.”
Among the strengths of the book, the psychiatrist points out that “this is a guide that is updated according to the International Classification of Diseases, and there are not many books that are updated in this way.”
He also highlights that it treats “in a simpler way those major psychiatric syndromes, and therefore with greater interest and prevalence, namely depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, perinatal psychiatry, and psychotic illnesses (either schizophrenia or bipolar illness).”
Ana Margarida Fraga, another doctor involved in coordinating the work, highlights that the main goal was “to combine rigor and the latest scientific evidence in a simplified guide, with practical tables that were useful and practical in everyday life.”
He adds: “We are very proud and grateful for the work done by those who immersed themselves with us and agreed to participate in this project, and Lundbeck Portugal, a great driver and partner, never put limits on us. So we hope it is useful and that we make the trip for better mental health! Good luck.” Good luck everyone!
“Simplifying Primary Care Psychiatry”
In the opinion of Nuno Basilio, Assistant General and Family Medicine and President of the ACES Cascais Clinical and Health Council, the launch of this book “means, first, the communication of the psychiatric and mental health service with primary care, where the greatest clinical activity and mental health burden is a daily reality.”
The doctor also points out the importance of including in the book on psychiatry “a chapter of reflections coming from primary health care, through the contribution of those who are also partners in the dynamics of dealing with mental health.” In this sense, he believes that “this guide is a kind of simplification of primary care psychiatry and at the same time represents this relationship between different levels of care and co-workers.”
For Sarah Barros, Country manager From Lundbeck in Portugal, “Supporting this work was almost a commitment, given its importance in the field of psychiatry, but also because of its importance as an essential support tool for health professionals.”
It is the administrator’s conviction that this practical book “can be very useful as a reference guide and as a support for daily clinical practice.”
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