If psychosis were cancer: A speculative comparison.

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Larkin, M, Boden, Z and Newton, EJ (2017). If psychosis were cancer: A speculative comparison. Medical Humanities. 43 (2), pp. 118-123.
AuthorsLarkin, M, Boden, Z and Newton, EJ
Abstract

In this paper, we consider the metaphorical consequences of likening psychosis to cancer. While we find the comparison unhelpful for clinical purposes, we argue that it can be a helpful lens through which to examine service provision for psychosis in young people. Through this lens, specialist community-based services would appear to compare reasonably well. Inpatient care for young people with psychosis, on the other hand, suffers very badly by comparison with teenage cancer care. We note some of the many positive features of inpatient cancer care for young adults, and – drawing upon previous research on inpatient psychiatric care – observe that many of these are usually absent from mental health facilities. We conclude that this metaphor may be a helpful rhetorical device for communicating the lack of ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical healthcare. This inequity must be made visible in health policy, in commissioning, and in service provision.

Year2017
JournalMedical Humanities
Journal citation43 (2), pp. 118-123
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
ISSN1473-4265
Web address (URL)http://mh.bmj.com/content/medhum/43/2/118.full.pdf
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Accepted22 Feb 2017
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