Frontier Ethics: Mental Health Care Needs and Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Communities

1999Laura Weiss Roberts et al.

Roughly 15 million of the 62 million rural U.S. residents struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. Important but little-recognized ethical dilemmas also affect rural mental health care delivery. The authors describe the features of rural mental health care and provide vignettes illustrating ethical issues encountered in the predominantly rural and frontier states of Alaska and New Mexico.

Key wordsEthics / humanitarian work / psychosocial intervention