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Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This note looks at the history of and recent developments in efforts to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards .

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Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes has been attempted for decades. This note outlines the history of these efforts, the various ways in which parity is defined and measured, the challenges of achieving this ideal and the strategies that may be employed to that end.

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Authors: Peter Border; Chris Millard

Topics: Disability discrimination, Mental health

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