Pratap Sharan

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More than 85% of the world's population lives in 153 low-income and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Although country-level information on mental health systems has recently become available, it still has substantial gaps and inconsistencies. Most of these countries allocate very scarce financial resources and have grossly inadequate manpower and(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors' goal was to study psychiatric morbidity after a natural disaster in rural India. METHOD As members of a volunteer medical team assigned to 23 households in three villages in India affected by an earthquake, the authors examined the results of semi-structured interviews used to interview all of the adults (older than 14 years) in(More)
A search (precision value 94%, recall value 93%) of the ISI Web of Science database (1992-2001) revealed that mental health publications accounted for 3-4% of the health literature. A 10/90 divide in internationally accessible mental health literature was evident and remained undiminished through 10 years as low- and middle-income countries (n=152)(More)
BACKGROUND Studies suggest a paucity of and lack of prioritisation in mental health research from low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries. AIMS To investigate research priorities in mental health among researchers and other stakeholders in LAMI countries. METHOD We used a two-stage design that included identification, through literature searches and(More)
BACKGROUND The objective was to study the sociodemographic data, psychiatric disorder, precipitating events, and mode of attempt in suicide attempted patients referred to consultation liaison psychiatric services. SETTINGS AND DESIGN A prospective study of 6-month duration was done in a tertiary care center in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS During the(More)
Although there are many studies from the West, no study has evaluated the needs of schizophrenia patients in Indian setting. 100 consecutive patients of schizophrenia were assessed on Camberwell Assessment of Needs questionnaire. Same questionnaire was also administered to the caregiver to assess their perception about the needs of the patients. Patients(More)
In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the second edition of the Mental Health Atlas, consisting of revised and updated information on mental health from countries. The sources of information included the mental health focal points in the Ministries of Health, published literature and unpublished reports available to WHO. The results show(More)
BACKGROUND Discrepancy between efficacy of prophylactic lithium and its effectiveness in ordinary clinical practice necessitates long-term follow-up data from specialised lithium clinics. Also, role of psychosocial factors in influencing the outcome is unclear. METHODS One hundred and eighteen patients of bipolar affective disorder attending a lithium(More)
Depression is a common disorder which causes intense personal suffering and socio-occupational dysfunction. It also imposes a heavy economic burden on society. It has been shown that between 29% and 46% of depressed patients fail to respond adequately to antidepressant medication. Treatment-resistant depression may contribute to the morbidity and mortality(More)
The aim of the present study was to examine sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with relapse in schizophrenia. The study group consisted of a convenience sample of 40 schizophrenia patients (20 patients each in relapse and remission). Relapse and remission were defined based on clinical criteria (ICD-10 criteria, course since last episode, and(More)