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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-26

Knowledge and practices of general practitioners regarding psychiatric problems

1 Department of Psychiatry, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141001, Punjab, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141001, Punjab, India

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R K Chaudhary
H. No. 4653 St. No. 13, Durga Puri, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana - 141 001 (Punjab)
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.57853

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Background: Mental health problems account for 12% of global disease burden and non-psychiatrist medical practitioners deal with a large proportion of this burden. This study was planned to assess the knowledge, attitude and treatment practices of non-psychiatrist medical practitioners regarding mental health problems. Materials and Methods: One hundred Allopathic and 25 each of Homeopathic and Ayurvedic medical practitioners were interviewed and assessed using a semi-structured performa. Results: Majority (95%) of them were aware regarding etiology, increasing incidence and treatment facilities available for mental health problems. Treatment modalities include counseling and medication but 69.9% of them had not received any formal training in administering them. Conclusions: 98.5% practitioners providing mental health services at the primary level feel the need to be properly trained and oriented in the management of these patients to improve quality of healthcare.

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