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Indian J Psychiatry. 1996 Apr;38(2):86-92.

Psychiatric aspects of clinical practice in general hospitals: a survey of non-psychiatric clinicians.

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  • 1R.K. CHADDA, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Shahdara, P.O. Jhilmil, Delhi -110 095.


The present work was carried out to study the awareness of non-psychiatric clinicians working in a teaching general hospital about the frequency of psychiatric morbidity in their clinical practice, their utilization of psychiatric consultation services, and opinion about utility of liaison psychiatry in general hospitals. A substantial proportion of doctors underestimated the psychiatric morbidity especially about unexplained physical symptoms and specific depressive symptoms in their patients. Psychiatric consultation services were not sufficiently utilised by a large number of clinicians. Most ofthemfelt the need to improve upon undergraduate medical education in psychiatry in India as well as a desire to have consultation - liaison psychiatric units in India.


Psychiatric morbidity; consulltation-liaison psychiatry; general hospital; psychiatric education; psychiatric referral

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