Psychiatric Services: A Survey on Issues in the Treatments of Women with Severe Mental Illness


Psychiatric Hospital № 3 named after VA Hilyarovsky, Russia


Introduction: In recent years, women’s mental health is the subject of great interest in the field of medical care. The oppressive circumstances that contribute to poor mental health for women are not going to disappear overnight. The definite chance during the recent years comes from the reorganization in mental health services.

Purpose: The paper examines the issues in the treatments of women with severe mental illness. The socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the female patients admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital № 3 named after VA Hilyarovsky are reviewed.

Method: We developed a descriptive research, using primary and secondary information sources (clinical histories) of patients hospitalized between 2012 and 2017. For data analysis was used software SPSS 10.0.

Results: Epidemiological and clinical profiles of hospitalized female patients in the Psychiatric Hospital № 3 named after VA Hilyarovsky are presented. Pathways of care are outlined. A number of ways in which services need to be developed to be more responsive to the needs of women are outlined: increasing access to care, eliminating waste, and providing the least intrusive treatment.

Conclusions: The current execution of the vision of improving the mental health of women along with promoting gender-sensitive mental health services for women – has resulted in an extraordinarily limited number of psychosocial therapy sessions, prolonged hospital stays and treatment plans determined by individuals not directly involved in the patient’s care or as highly trained as the provider. An obvious issue underpinning the development of services is the recognition of potential problems besetting an individual female patient. This refers to the task goal property whether task completion involves working toward a highly proximal, well-defined goal or a more distal, vaguely defined goal.