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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 190-195

Attitude of doctors towards mentally ill in Hyderabad, India: Results of a prospective survey

Department of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A and M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA

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Dr. Vaishnavi Challapallisri
Department of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 825 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.158190

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Background: Wide prevalence of mental illness has been documented in South India; however, the magnitude of stigma is unclear. Aims: The aim was to investigate the magnitude of stigma prevalent among medical professionals in Hyderabad, India. Materials and Methods: A prospective survey of seven common psychiatric disorders for eight specified perceptions was conducted. Responses of 226 out of 250 (90%) doctors were analyzed. Results: Significant overall negative perception (P < 0.001), with drug addiction (52.8%) and alcoholism (48.2%) eliciting most negative perceptions (Chi-square: P <0.05) was observed. Significant negative perceptions were also seen among married doctors and those with < 10 years experience. Even though, there was no overall difference based on gender (P = 0.242), more females had significant negative perception toward eating disorders, depression, dementia, alcoholism and schizophrenic patients (P ≤ 0.05). Conclusions: This study revealed negative attitude of doctors toward mentally ill and highlighted the gender difference in perceptions.



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