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Research Article

The Role of Health Systems Factors in Facilitating Access to Psychotropic Medicines: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the WHO-AIMS in 63 Low- and Middle-Income Countries

  • Ryan McBain mail,

    rmcbain@hsph.harvard.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Daniel J. Norton,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Jodi Morris,

    Affiliation: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • M. Taghi Yasamy,

    Affiliation: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Theresa S. Betancourt

    Affiliation: Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: January 31, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001166

About the Authors

Ryan McBain, Theresa S. Betancourt
Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Daniel J. Norton
Department of Psychology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Jodi Morris, M. Taghi Yasamy
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: rmcbain@hsph.harvard.edu

Competing Interests

JM and MTY are WHO employees. The authors are responsible for the views expressed in this publication. These views do not necessarily represent the decisions, policy, or views of the World Health Organization. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RM JM TSB. Analyzed the data: RM DJN. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RM JM MTY. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: RM. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: RM DJN JM MTY TSB. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: RM DJN JM MTY TSB. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: RM DJN JM MTY TSB. Data were collected by focal points within each of the countries that participated in WHO-AIMS. Please see the Acknowledgments section for further details.