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Despite the high prevalence and potentially disabling consequences of mental disorders, specialized mental health services are extremely deficient, leading to the so-called 'Mental Health Gap'. Moreover, the services are concentrated in the urban areas, further worsening the rural-urban and tertiary primary care divide. Strengthening of and expanding the(More)
A net-based, decision support system for diagnostic assessment and management of psychiatric disorders, developed as part of a telepsychiatry service, which aims to deliver mental health care to underserved population of remote areas in India is described. This paper presents the development and preliminary results of diagnostic validation of the(More)
Adult Drosophila melanogaster has long been a popular model for learning and memory studies. Now the larval stage of the fruit fly is also being used in an increasing number of classical conditioning studies. In this study, we employed heat shock as a novel negative reinforcement for larvae and obtained high learning scores following just one training(More)
BACKGROUND A diagnostic tool designed as part of a telepsychiatry application for diagnosis and management of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders in India was developed considering the paucity of trained child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS The diagnostic tool consisted of screening and 10(th) revision(More)
PURPOSE To measure spirituality/religiousness and its relation to coping skills in patients with residual schizophrenia. METHODS Using a cross-sectional design, 103 persons with residual schizophrenia were assessed on Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale [PANSS] and Ways of Coping Checklist [WCC] to assess the repertoire of coping skills and WHO Quality(More)
INTRODUCTION The ACOSOG Z0011 trial has been described as practice-changing. The goal of this study was to determine the impact of the trial on surgeon practice patterns at our institution. METHODS This is a review of practice patterns comparing the year before release of Z0011 to the year after an institutional multidisciplinary meeting discussing the(More)
There is increasing recognition that a person's spiritual or religious experiences contribute to quality of life (QOL). However, research exploring the relation between spirituality and QOL has mainly been in the context of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and studies examining this important correlate of QOL in chronically mentally ill subjects are(More)
OBJECTIVE Existing factor analytic studies of symptoms of delirium are mostly based on small numbers of patients from specialized settings. This study thus sought to examine the factor structure of symptoms of delirium in a reasonably large sample of untreated patients referred to liaison psychiatric services of a multi-specialty hospital in north India,(More)
BACKGROUND There are very few studies reporting inhalant abuse/dependence from India. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive treatment seeking inhalant abuse cases (n = 21) were studied for the sociodemographic and clinical profile by using a semi-structured interview schedule. RESULTS A TYPICAL CASE PROFILE WAS: unmarried male (100%), mean age 19 years,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study caregivers' perceptions about the cause of delirium and their distress caused by symptoms of delirium. METHOD Adult caregivers of patients with delirium, who gave consent, were asked about their perceptions of the cause of delirium. Patients were assessed for delirium by using the delirium rating scale-revised version (DRS-R-98). (More)