|Year : 2010 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 80-82
Shared challenges in psychiatric research in India and Sri Lanka
Harischandra Gambheera1, Shehan Williams2
1 National Institute of Mental Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
The need for good research in psychiatry has never been more important than in this era of 'Evidence-based medicine' (EBM). 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. This article explores the challenges in obtaining the best available evidence in the south Asian context.
National Institute of Mental Health, Colombo
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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