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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86-93

Psychiatric Aspects of Clinical Practice in General Hospitals : A Survey of Non-Psychiatric Clinicians


1 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Shahdara, P.O. Jhilmil, Delhi -110 095, India
2 Senior Research Associate Department of Psychiatry, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi -110 095, India

Correspondence Address:
R K Chadda
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Shahdara, P.O. Jhilmil, Delhi -110 095
India
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The present work was carried out to study the awareness of non-psychiatric clinicians working in a teaching general hospital about the frequency of psychiatric morbidity in their clinical practice, their utilization of psychiatric consultation services, and opinion about utility of liaison psychiatry in general hospitals. A substantial proportion of doctors underestimated the psychiatric morbidity especially about unexplained physical symptoms and specific depressive symptoms in their patients. Psychiatric consultation services were not sufficiently utilised by a large number of clinicians. Most ofthemfelt the need to improve upon undergraduate medical education in psychiatry in India as well as a desire to have consultation - liaison psychiatric units in India.



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