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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 80-82

Shared challenges in psychiatric research in India and Sri Lanka


1 National Institute of Mental Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
Harischandra Gambheera
National Institute of Mental Health, Colombo
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69217

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The need for good research in psychiatry has never been more important than in this era of 'Evidence-based medicine' (EBM).[1] The countries in south Asia have to rise to the challenge and abandon the emphasis placed on 'Experience-based medicine', as was popular in the traditional systems of medicine - the art was handed down from father to son or guru to shishya (student). Evidence-based medicine does not abandon clinician experience, skills, and judgment, but rather complements it with the best available evidence and patient choice.[2] This article explores the challenges in obtaining the best available evidence in the south Asian context.



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