Ruchita R. Shah

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Twenty patients were interviewed shortly after colonoscopy, and the adjectives and phrases they used to describe the experience were formed into a 31-item questionnaire, on which each item was rated using a seven-point scale. This questionnaire was completed by 110 similar patients. Principal components analysis of these responses yielded three components:(More)
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)
To measure spirituality/religiousness and its relation to coping skills in patients with residual schizophrenia. 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 of(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)
BACKGROUND Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most serious form of cysticercal infection and is a major public health problem in the developing world. NCC presents with a range of psychiatric symptoms besides neurological symptoms. There have been few reports from the Asian continent describing the neuropsychiatric manifestations. Our aim was to report(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)
PURPOSE To study the caregiver's distress with symptoms of delirium. DESIGN AND METHODS Consenting adult caregivers (>18 years of age) of patients with delirium were evaluated for the distress due to symptoms of delirium. RESULTS The study included 72 primary caregivers of patients with delirium. Symptoms of delirium that led to severe or very severe(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)
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)
Historically, poor outcome has often been considered to be an integral part of the concept of schizophrenia, though in recent times this has been challenged by many cross-cultural studies. In this article, we review various studies pertaining to course and outcome of schizophrenia to have an understanding about variations in course and outcome of(More)