|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 204-207
“Why not psychiatry??” Interns of a medical college in Northern Kerala responds
K Niranjan Prasad, PB Sajeev Kumar, OK Narayanankutty, Amal Abraham, Zoheb Raj, Vinayak Madanagopal, Akash Balu
Department of Psychiatry, Kannur Medical College, Anjarakandy, Kannur, Kerala, India
Purpose: This study is to assess the attitude of the medical interns toward psychiatry, psychiatrists and patients with mental health problems.
Materials and Methods: A personal data sheet and the Balon et al. questionnaire was used to assess the attitude among medical interns (n = 44) of a medical college in Northern Kerala.
Results: There was modestly good attitude toward psychiatry throughout the study. Data were compared between interns who have completed their posting in psychiatry and those who have not. There was no significant difference except for their awareness about consultation liaison services and the authoritative power of psychiatrists in mental health field. The stigma toward psychiatry is on the decline at least among medical professionals, and more interns are interested in taking up psychiatry as a future specialty.
Conclusion: Although the study has evidenced a positive attitude to psychiatry, there is still room to improve. A clearer picture could be attained by conducting similar studies in a bigger sample size. A structured curriculum and compulsory internship during the undergraduate course have greatly contributed toward building a more positive opinion of the subject.
Dr. K Niranjan Prasad
Department of Psychiatry, Kannur Medical College, Anjarakandy, Kannur, Kerala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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