Southern African countries amongst the mental health professionals, which led to the inclusion of more countries and the branching of Africa into more than just the North as reported in the tables. These errors, however, were adjusted for in the data analysis stages. Initially, the plan for the study was to go through NHS cases with only psychiatrists but due to NHS ethical restrictions this was not deemed possible, which resulted in the creation of this questionnaire as another means of data collection. Although it has not been ideal in terms of epidemiological data collection, it still constitutes a scientifically valid form of an estimation of the current patient cohorts. It would have been more interesting to have psychiatrist answers alone, because they are usually the main diagnosers in a clinical setting, and their answers would be more valuable in terms of their effect on the patient cohorts and diagnosis. Susan Fernando in her book, Mental Health, Race and Culture named psychiatry â€œcolour blind, culture blindâ€? (2002, p.132). What was revealed from the MHPV questionnaire results is that there is an awareness of cross-cultural differences among the mental health cohort, but the respondents were not all from psychiatric backgrounds. Nursing seemed to have dominated the responses. Also, one cannot generalise from the findings to a larger population because of the relatively small sample size (N= 48).
Thesis from Brunnel University, United Kingdom, London