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Article Date: 07 Oct 2010 – 9:00 PDT

75% of people with neurological, mental and substance abuse disorders remain untreated worldwide, according to estimates by WHO (World Health Organization). This includes almost 95 million people with depression and over 25 million with epilepsy. WHO hopes that its simplified new treatment guidelines, called The Intervention Guide may help promote better management of depression, substance abuse disorders, epilepsy, well as a number of mental disorders in a general practice setting.

WHO explains that the Intervention Guide, consisting of evidence-based guidelines, is aimed at doctors, nurses and other health care providers who are not specialized in mental health, to help them accurately diagnose and manage patients.

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, the World Health Organization, said:

In a key achievement, the Intervention guide transforms a world of expertise and clinical experience, contributed by hundreds of experts, into less than 100 pages of clinical wisdom and succinct practical advice.


Being able to diagnose and treat millions of currently neglected patients in a primary health care (general practice) system will raise the number of individuals who can access care considerably, WHO writes in a communiqué.

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