In 2019, the Russian community-based psychiatric service celebrates its 100th anniversary. The need to revise the concept of institutional psychiatric care was realized in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, earlier than in many other countries.
It is generally believed that one of the significant achievements of Russian psychiatry was the creation in 1919 of a Moscow community-based psychiatric service whose physicians have worked in the prevention, treatment, and psychosocial rehabilitation of psychiatric patients for a century now.
The switch to community-based care is becoming more and more important these days. The European Mental Health Action Plan for 2013 – 2020 (WHO) underlines the need for a transition to a predominantly outpatient care by 2020. The European countries were asked to develop a strategy to implement this task.
In view of the Russian historical experience in setting up a community-based psychiatric service, we have organized an international conference titled “Centenary of community-based psychiatry: landmarks and perspectives”, which will take place on 16 – 18 May 2019 in Moscow and will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the community-based psychiatric service in Russia.
Conference participants, representatives of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists and the World Psychiatric Association from a large number of countries, will make a joint effort at the Moscow State University to define a further direction for scientific development of psychiatry, outline the creation of a comprehensive psychiatric service, and discuss possible options for switching this type of care from institutional to community-based settings.
It takes a common effort to implement these important tasks. All participants of the conference will obtain an experience hard to overestimate:
- Communication with professionals from other countries
- Common involvement in task implementation and goal achievement
- An opportunity to be heard and share their own thoughts and results of their own research studies with a broad, interested audience
- Making a direct contribution to the development of international psychiatry
Electronic pre-registration opened.
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