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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 128-132

Study of Knowledge, Attitude & Perception to Psychiatry in Medical Students

1 Associate Professor, S.B.K.S. M.I.R.C., Piparia, India
2 Professor & Head Department and institution – Psychiatry Dept., S.B.K.S. M.I.R.C., Piparia, India

Correspondence Address:
Kajal J Tanna
Assoc. Professor Psychiatry SBKS MIRCPipariya, Waghodiya, Vadodara
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Background: In India, even after spread of literacy, we still have so much of stigma to the mental disorders. So much so that “psychiatric patient” is still used as a derogatory term. The Knowledge, Attitude and Perception to Psychiatry disorders in future doctors reflect the future of mental health in India. Aims: To study Knowledge, Attitude and Perception to Psychiatry disorders in Medical students and compare between those who are exposed to the study of psychiatry and those who are not. Methodology: The current study was undertaken with two groups of students. All students were given a structured pre-designed questionnaire to fill. The data so collected was digitized analysed and a comparison was made between two groups for their Knowledge, Perception & Attitude towards Psychiatry. SPSS software was used to derive simple frequency and percentage of the observations. Results: All the 193 respondents of Final M.B.B.S. responded unanimously, that – 1. In the treatment of psychiatric disorders Psychotherapy is – Essential part of treatment. 2. ECT is one of the effective treatment modality in psychiatry. 37% of first year students felt Psychiatry disorders can be treated by Faith-healers, while only 14% of final year students felt same way, 75% of final year students felt they are treated well by psychiatrists. Conclusions: A Psychiatry posting definitelygives a Better Knowledge, Positive attitude and better perception to PsychiatricDisorders, Psychiatrists and Treatment modalities of mental disorders.

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