- Vijaya Murali is a specialist registrar in general adult psychiatry (Cossham Hospital, Lodge Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 1LF, UK. E-mail: ), with special interests in alcohol and substance misuse, and psychiatric intensive care. Current research includes a study of sleep disturbance in alcohol dependence. Femi Oyebode is Professor of Psychiatry at the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Birmingham.
This is the fourth in a series of papers on the mental health of marginal groups. Previous papers have considered the effects of asylum-seeking and refugee status on mental health (Tribe, 2002), the implications for UK psychiatric services of young refugees who have fled from chronic civilian strife (Hodes, 2002) and the mental health of nurses in the UK (Nolan & Smojkis, 2003).