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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)
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)
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)
iii Acknowledgements We wish to thank the 914 mental health researchers and 290 stakeholders who participated in the study, taking time out of their very busy schedules to fill out the questionnaire. We also thank and Edgard Belfort (Venezuela). We are grateful for their assistance as well as for that of Ursula Ochoa and Rosario Vidal (data entry and(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 Mental health research focused on low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries is needed in view of the burden of neuropsychiatric diseases and the deficiency of mental health resources in these countries. AIMS OF THE STUDY To examine whether mental health research publications on LAMI countries address issues that are likely to influence public(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)
The study aimed at assessing the frequency of psychiatric disorders in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Thirty consecutive subjects in the age range of 6-12 years were interviewed with the help of a symptom checklist soon after they had achieved their first remission. The children were also administered the Children's Depression Rating Scale and(More)
BACKGROUND Very little information is available on budget and financing of mental health services in the world. AIMS OF THE STUDY During year 2001, WHO collected information from all countries on resources available for mental health care as a part of Project Atlas. The present report seeks to describe the situation regarding federal budgets and financing(More)
There is an enormous gap between the burden of mental disorders and mental health resources in low- and middle-income countries. The Mental Health: Global Action Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) envisions an active role for research in the multidimensional efforts required to change the current mental health situation in these countries(More)