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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

The Perception and Experience of Health Personnel about the Integration of Mental Health in General Health Services


1 Research Scholar, Department of Psychiatry , NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
2 Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
3 Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029, India
4 Program Officer, DHO's office, Bellary, India

Correspondence Address:
Arun N Naik
Research Scholar, Department of Psychiatry , NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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The National Mental Health Program of India focuses on the integration of mental health in general health services. Using a structured questionnaire, 100 health personnel (40 Medical Officers and 60 Health Assistants) in the District Mental Health Program were interviewed regarding their perception and knowledge about the integration of mental health in general health services. Most personnel were found to be satisfied with their new role in carrying out mental health services and only a few felt that it was an extra burden. Suggestions were made by them about the free supply of drugs, short and long term training and active supervision and support by the higher authorities.



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