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Table 2 Primary health care worker attitudes towards mental illness and mental health care (n = 151)

From: Perceived challenges and opportunities arising from integration of mental health into primary care: a cross-sectional survey of primary health care workers in south-west Ethiopia

  Attitude
  Agree N (%) Neutral N (%) Disagree N (%)
Mental illness is a problem for Ethiopia 139 (92.1) 3 (2.0) 9 (6.0)
Mental health care is important 145 (96.0) 4 (2.6) 2 (1.3)
Some health workers believe that health centres can’t play any role in intervening for mental illness? What about you? 7 (4.6) 11 (7.3) 133 (88.1)
Are you interested to have mental health services integrated into your health centre? 138 (91.4) 8 (5.3) 5 (3.3)
Are you personally interested in actually delivering mental health care in your own health centre? 101 (66.9) 21 (13.9) 29 (19.2)
Some health workers believe that delivering mental health services in the health centres will put other patient in danger? What about you? 38 (25.2) 17 (11.3) 96 (63.6)
Some health workers believe that mentally ill patient should not be treated in the same health centre with the general patient. What about you? 4 (2.6) 9 (6.0) 138 (91.4)
Some health workers believe that traditional healers are better in effectiveness than our medical care? What about you? 7 (4.6) 11 (7.3) 133 (88.1)
As mental illness is not curable, delivering mental health care is wasting resources. 6 (4.0) 5 (3.3) 140 (92.7)