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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 19-25

The evolution of Indian psychiatric research: An examination of the early decades of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry


1 Department of Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research Clinic, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut-06511, USA
2 National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029, India

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Rajiv Radhakrishnan
Department of Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research Clinic, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut-06511
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69199

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Research in psychiatry has travelled far since the inception of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry (IJP) in 1949. We reviewed publications in the IJP during its initial three decades to identify path breaking articles and trends in research. We present the evolution of research design in the IJP from cases studies to randomized controlled trials. We identify the earliest studies in different fields, ranging from drug trials to social interventions, and from women's mental health to geriatric psychiatry. We consider special issues such as the measurement of psychopathology specific to the Indian context, studies of treatments specific to Indian traditions, epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in India, and innovations in service delivery. Students interested in the history of Indian psychiatric research will be rewarded by the richness and variety of thought evidenced in the publications in the early decades of the IJP.



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