• Users Online: 90
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-86

Trend of first consultation of persons with mental illness, and pattern of switch among services


Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
R Raja Shekar
Postgraduate, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad-500038. Andhra Pradesh
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

Background: Psychiatric services in India are limited. As a result, a variety of people including faith healers, unqualified medical professionals etc, form first line of contact for patients with mental illness. Also, faith in the medical model of psychiatric illness may be shattered during course of treatment owing to chronicity of illness. Aim: This study was planned to understand the factors which lead the patients to faith healers and to assess the percentage of patients switching over to faith healers from medical professionals. Methods: A hospital based study was conducted at Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad on patients visiting outpatient department using a semi structured questionnaire. The data was analysed using Microsoft excel version. Only the prevalence was estimated. Results: Among 98 people who were included in the study, males predominated. The socio demographic factors which had impact on patients approaching faith healer were; age less than 35 years, literacy, and family income. Urban or rural background did not have much impact on patients contacting faith healers. Patients consulting non psychiatric medical professionals have higher switch compared to those consulting psychiatrists. Conclusion: There is a need to increase awareness regarding psychiatry among non-psychiatrists, with an effective referral system in place. Awareness programmes also should be targeted to general population.


[PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed361    
    Printed26    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded39    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal