Burns JK, Tomita A. Traditional and religious healers in the pathway to care for people with mental disorders in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 2015 Jun;50(50). 867-77. PMID: 25515608 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4442066 NIHMSID: NIHMS650524.
In resource-limited contexts in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a considerable proportion of individuals seeking care for mental disorders consult traditional and religious healers in their pathway to mental health care. Reports from Africa suggest that early involvement of healers may result in delays in the care pathway; a potential barrier to early identification and intervention.