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Table 1 Number (Percentage) of psychiatrists and health policy directors who expressed the view that community mental health workers should be able to diagnose or treat specific mental health conditions respectively

From: Improving Ghana’s mental healthcare through task-shifting- psychiatrists and health policy directors perceptions about government’s commitment and the role of community mental health workers

Mental health condition CMHWs should be able to diagnose independently N (%) CMHWs should be able to treat independently N (%)
Psychiatrists Health Policy Directors Psychiatrists Health Policy Directors
Schizophrenia 10 (90.9 %) 25 (86.2 %) 9 (81.8 %) 25 (86.2 %)
Mood disorders 10 (90.9 %) 25 (86.2 %) 10 (90.9 %) 25 (86.2 %)
Anxiety disorders 8 (72.7 %) 23 (79.3 %) 9 (81.8 %) 25 (86.2 %)
Eating disorders 5 (45.5 %) 19 (65.5 %) 2 (18.2 %) 18 (62.1 %)
Personality disorders 5 (45.5 %) 22 (75.9 %) 1 (9.1 %) 18 (62.1 %)
Addiction disorders 11 (100 %) 23 (79.3 %) 5 (45.5 %) 14 (48.3 %)
Child mental health conditions 6 (54.5 %) 14 (48.3 %) 2 (18.2 %) 5 (17.2 %)
Other mental health conditions 2 (18.2 %) 2 (6.9 %) 3 (27.3 %) 0 (0 %)