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Are challenges of rural psychiatry different in the developing world? an experiential account from the nitte rural psychiatric project

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose: Sustaining mental health services in rural India

    is increasingly difficult. The major impediments to improve

    mental health services in rural and remote areas in India are

    the maldistribution of the resources, limited access to appropriate

    and timely services, training of health workers,

    burnout in workers and the financial cost of dealing with

    crisis over prevention. We describe the progress made in the

    Nitte Rural Psychiatric Project and the ongoing challenges

    that confront us. This poster would describe an experiential

    account of our experience in Nitte Rural Project wherein a

    valuable aspect of rural experience is being a part of rural

    community and having a ‘sense of community’.

    Material and method: A qualitative study describing

    the unique heartening experience of medical professionals

    receiving a high level of respect in these

    communities and the flip side of a close-knit community

    where once you are part of it, it can become pervasive.

    Attending social and community events can be an important

    way to get to know the local people and gain their

    respect and trust so invariably professional life intrudes

    into personal time.

    Results: Apart from isolation from peers, demands on

    families (efforts to cope with relocation) and long term

    unsustainability are some of the pressing concerns.

    Conclusion: Unmet needs of large groups of rural

    communities are being deprived of minimum availability

    of mental health care, lack of affordability and accessibility

    of services resulting in maintenance of stigma and

    various social issues are highlighted.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Chandra, N. & Pai, N. B. (2012). Are challenges of rural psychiatry different in the developing world? an experiential account from the nitte rural psychiatric project. In The 15th Pacific Rim College of Psychiartrists Scientific Meeting: Beyond Differences, Towards Harmony, 25-27 October, Seoul, Korea. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 4 (Supp.1), 114-114.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/564

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 114

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Supp.1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Purpose: Sustaining mental health services in rural India

    is increasingly difficult. The major impediments to improve

    mental health services in rural and remote areas in India are

    the maldistribution of the resources, limited access to appropriate

    and timely services, training of health workers,

    burnout in workers and the financial cost of dealing with

    crisis over prevention. We describe the progress made in the

    Nitte Rural Psychiatric Project and the ongoing challenges

    that confront us. This poster would describe an experiential

    account of our experience in Nitte Rural Project wherein a

    valuable aspect of rural experience is being a part of rural

    community and having a ‘sense of community’.

    Material and method: A qualitative study describing

    the unique heartening experience of medical professionals

    receiving a high level of respect in these

    communities and the flip side of a close-knit community

    where once you are part of it, it can become pervasive.

    Attending social and community events can be an important

    way to get to know the local people and gain their

    respect and trust so invariably professional life intrudes

    into personal time.

    Results: Apart from isolation from peers, demands on

    families (efforts to cope with relocation) and long term

    unsustainability are some of the pressing concerns.

    Conclusion: Unmet needs of large groups of rural

    communities are being deprived of minimum availability

    of mental health care, lack of affordability and accessibility

    of services resulting in maintenance of stigma and

    various social issues are highlighted.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Chandra, N. & Pai, N. B. (2012). Are challenges of rural psychiatry different in the developing world? an experiential account from the nitte rural psychiatric project. In The 15th Pacific Rim College of Psychiartrists Scientific Meeting: Beyond Differences, Towards Harmony, 25-27 October, Seoul, Korea. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 4 (Supp.1), 114-114.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/564

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 114

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Supp.1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia