Culturally adapted interventions in mental health: global position statement

Shanaya Rathod, Albert Persaud, Farooq Naeem, Narsimha Pinninti, Rachel Tribe, Özlem Eylem, Paul Gorczynski, Peter Phiri, Nusrat Husain, Saadia Muzaffar, Muhammad Irfan

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The preponderance of western psychological concepts are often relied upon to conceptualise health-related phenomena. It is hardly surprising therefore that despite the availability of a number of interventions, studies have concluded that outcomes for minority cultural groups are not as good as for Caucasian people (western Europe and North America) in many high and middle income countries (HMIC). The evidence base of most psychosocial interventions is yet to be established in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). There has been a propensity in some quarters to view low and middle income countries as passive beneficiaries of mental health knowledge, rather than as contributors or partners in knowledge production and development. A move towards a more equal bilateral relationship is called for, which should lead to better service provision. This Position Statement aims to highlight the current position and need for culturally adapted interventions. It is a global call for action to achieve a standardised mechanism to achieve parity of access and outcomes across all cultural groups regardless of country of residence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Cultural Psychiatry Research Review
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • cultural adaptation
  • interventions
  • mental illness
  • meta-analysis
  • minority ethnic
  • psychotherapies


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