|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 190-195
Attitude of doctors towards mentally ill in Hyderabad, India: Results of a prospective survey
Vaishnavi Challapallisri, Lloyd V Dempster
Department of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A and M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA
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.
Dr. Vaishnavi Challapallisri
Department of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 825 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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