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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 26-29

Research priorities for Indian psychiatry


Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Sangath, Public Health Foundation of India, Alto Porvorim, Goa, India

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Vikram Patel
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Sangath, Public Health Foundation of India, Alto Porvorim, Goa
India
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Source of Support: Global Forum for Health Research, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69201

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This article summarises the findings of recent priority setting exercises for psychiatric research and of a mapping of research capacity and resources in south Asia. The priorities for research in the region, as in other developing countries, are related to 'implementation' science, i.e. the field of inquiry investigating acceptable and affordable methods of delivering effective treatments for mental disorders, which aims to help close the large treatment gap. "Discovery" research which aims to strengthen our understanding of the nature of mental disorders through well-designed epidemiological and descriptive clinical studies, and expand the armamentarium of effective treatments by mapping and evaluating indigenous approaches to mental health care is also an important priority. However, research capacity and resources in the region are scarce and need strengthening by action from diverse stakeholders including the Indian Psychiatric Society.



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