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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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PALACIO A, Carlos A. Social Pertinence and the Post-Graduate in Psychiatry. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, suppl.1, pp.31-36. ISSN 0034-7450.

The epidemiological behavior of the population stems from health-disease processes and different biopsychosocial variables in which they participate in. Demographic changes show change in the population pyramid and the high incidence of chronic diseases, including mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, which have led to a high demand for psychiatric care at different levels. The health system, with its deep crisis, and the lack of response of the education sector in human resource training show a lack of social responsibility with regards to Psychiatric specialty in the country. We have an educational process that ensures that medical graduates respond appropriately to people who require service. However, our graduate programs do not meet the health needs and the number of specialists are not qualified as specialists and do not meet the needs in this region. The high costs of mental health services (eg, consultation and medicines) and lack of access to these services are proof that Colombia does not have a timely and effective response to the epidemiological situation of mental illness. Solid, valid, and continous policies are needed to invole education and health sectors in order to provide solutions to this problem.

Palavras-chave : Responsabilidad social; enseñanza; psiquiatría; instituciones de enseñanza superior.

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