Viswanathan Shanmugham

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Psychiatric morbidity in the patients attending the medical outpatient clinic of a Urge general hospital was studied using a short 5 - item version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). The overall percentage of high scorers, (score 2 and above) was found to be 51% (45% for Males and 59% for Females.). Morbidity was higher in women who were married and(More)
This article reports the development of case vignettes as a method of assessing the short-term in-service training of primary care medical officers in mental health care. A pool of 18 case vignettes representing common psychiatric problems and a standard response sheet were written first. This was mailed to 45 psychiatrists for their comments. Based on the(More)
This report aimed to evaluate the mental health knowledge of primary care medical officers following short-term training in mental health care using a multiple-choice questionnaire. Seventy-eight medical officers who underwent 2 weeks' training in mental health care were assessed using parallel forms of a standardized multiple-choice questionnaire(More)
One hundred and fifty primary care paramedical health workers who underwent a short term training in mental health care were evaluated to understand their attitudes towards mental health before, and immediately after, the training course. The trainees showed a significant change in attitudes in the desirable direction towards different mental health(More)
The English version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and a translated Indian version were administered to a sample of hundred bilingual college students. Both the versions of the GHQ showed adequate internal consistency and reliability. There was a high concordance between the two versions on high scorers and low scorers. These results were also(More)
This study was aimed to develop uniform methods of rating the Beth Israel Hospital Psychosomatic Questionnaire (BIQ) to enhance its reliability and to obtain normative data. Certain guidelines were evolved to rate the items based on responses to probe questions, and the questionnaire administered to a sample of 116 normal subjects. The instrument was found(More)
Ninety-four urban and 54 rural respondents who had undergone hospitalisation in the previous three years were interviewed using a semistructured interview schedule to ascertain their experiences and opinion regarding ethical issues. The interview focussed particularly on patients' satisfaction and expectations about information provided by medical(More)
A short 5-itcni version of the General Health Questionnaire (CIHQ - 5) was evaluated for its validity in a sample of attendants of Psychiatric Patients. In comparison to a standardized Interview Schedule, the GHQ - 5 was found to have a sensitivity of 86%, specificity of 89% and an overall misclassification rate of 13% with a cutting point of 1/2.
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