Resistance of mental health professionals to working with the chronic mentally ill


  • Kenneth Minkoff

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    • Kenneth Minkoff is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of psychiatry at Caulfield Center, Choate-Symms Hospital Health Services in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Among mental health professionals, the prevailing attitude is that working with chronic patients is unrewarding, nonprestigious, and hopeless. Consequently, our efforts to overcome barriers to the care of the chronic mentally ill will never be successful unless we focus on professionals' resistance to working with these patients.