Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2-

Changing times, moving ahead!

Gundugurti Prasad Rao 
 President, Indian Psychiatric Society

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Gundugurti Prasad Rao
President, Indian Psychiatric Society

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Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the President's desk !

The publication of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Psychiatrists' in India, by the Indian Psychiatric Society in 2004, were the first set of guidelines. These have remained in use for over a decade by all members and were of use in the practice and had also been used by the members in defending their clinical decisions in the court of law.

In last one decade there have been further advancements in understanding various aspects of psychiatric disorders. Hence, it was thought that time has come to acknowledge the advances in Psychiatry to be translated into the practice of Psychiatry in India. With this thinking, I must place on record that during Hyderabad ANCIPS on January 11 th , 2015, the Executive Council, under the leadership of Dr. Vidhyadhar Watve decided to start the process of revision of existing Clinical Practice Guidelines. As part of the revision, first an online survey was conducted to understand how the earlier versions of the guidelines were used and what are the expectations of the membership from the revised guidelines. Based on the findings of this survey, the lead authors were advised to formulate guidelines, which would be evidence based and at the same time more users friendly.

Over the last 2 years, experts working in the various areas of psychiatry, after a painstaking brainstorming, had churned out the best way to practice. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depressive disorders, so summarized had been presented at Bhopal ANCIPS 2016. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for these disorders were also displayed in the Indian Psychiatric Society website for the comments from the membership during the month of September 2016- November 2016. Suggestions received were considered and if required changes have been made in the recommendations.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Sexual Dysfunction and Sleep Disorders have also been formulated and these will also be presented in ANCIPS 2017.

I congratulate Prof. Shiv Gautam, Prof. Ajit Avasthi and Dr. Sandeep Grover, for their dedication, hardwork, diligence and precision in making this possible. Additionally, I also thank the members of various expert groups for their inputs in improving the guidelines. I thank all of them on behalf of Indian Psychiatric Society.

I have no doubt that the revised Clinical Practice Guidelines would be useful and informative not only to clinicians but also to all mental health professionals.

I thank all the members of my Executive Council for their inputs and participation. During the coming years we are going to work on and bring further Clinical Practice Guidelines for few more disorders. I am sure these guidelines would of immense help to all.