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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2587-2588  

Innovative mental health initiatives in India: Training and hand-holding of primary care doctors


1 Department of Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission26-Mar-2020
Date of Decision29-Mar-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Mar-2020
Date of Web Publication31-May-2020

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Dr. Jitendra Rohilla
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical, Science, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_464_20

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Tak P, Rohilla J, Hasan S. Innovative mental health initiatives in India: Training and hand-holding of primary care doctors. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:2587-8

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Tak P, Rohilla J, Hasan S. Innovative mental health initiatives in India: Training and hand-holding of primary care doctors. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 19];9:2587-8. Available from: http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2020/9/5/2587/285131



Dear editor,

We enjoyed reading the article “Innovative mental health initiatives in India: A scope for strengthening primary healthcare services.”[1] The authors did electronic search and reviewed relevant literature to give a reasonable idea about the efforts for improving mental health in the country.

It is mentioned in the study that PubMed, Google Scholar, and “other database” were searched for retrieving data, though the last category of data source was not specified further. It is important to know the types of data sources included in “other category” because the details of many mental health initiatives or programs running at the community level by the government and NGOs may not be obtained from electronic database mentioned in the study. They may be available on the website of health department of the government or local administration or agency funding the program.

In the category of “Tele mental health programs,” the study discussed a tele-mentoring program based on NIMHANS ECHO model for Chhattisgarh.[2] It is worth mentioning here that a similar model was also used in other states for training of primary care doctors (PCDs). Therefore, they can be included in the third category “Non-specialist mental health program.” In 2016, Telepsychiatric On-Consultation Training (Tele-OCT) program was tried as a pilot project in Mandya district of Karnataka. Soon after this, One-Year Certificate Course of Primary Care Psychiatry Program (PCCP) was designed and started for PCDs of Uttarakhand.[3] The success of the combined effort of NIMHANS, AIIMS Rishikesh, and National Health Mission (NHM) Uttarakhand was reflected in a symposium on “Primary Care Psychiatry” in 2018 conducted on theme “Training of Trainers and Primary Care Doctors” with participation of 10 PCDs serving in difficulty hilly terrain of hilly state.[4]

We opine that the study could also have looked for innovative mental health training approaches for budding primary care physician in India. It is needless to mention that psychiatry training at the undergraduate level is an essential step toward improving mental health at primary care level.

Considering a variety of mental health programs discussed and different states covered in this study, it was an appreciable effort by the authors to explore a relatively unexplored but important aspect of primary healthcare services.

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There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Pandya A, Shah K, Chauhan A, Saha S. Innovative mental health initiatives in India: A scope for strengthening primary healthcare services. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:502-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Mehrotra K, Chand P, Bandawar M, Sagi MR, Kaur S, Aurobind G, et al. Effectiveness of NIMHANS ECHO blended tele-mentoring model on integrated mental health and addiction for counsellors in rural and underserved districts of Chhattisgarh, India. Asian J Psychiatr 2018;36:123-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Manjunatha N, Kumar CN, Math SB, Thirthalli J. Designing and implementing an innovative digitally driven primary care psychiatry program in India. Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60:236-44.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Santhosh KT, Salian HH, Jha M, Sharma A, Garg H, Khayyam K, et al. Proceedings of a symposium on ‘primary care psychiatry.’ Asian J Psychiatr 2019;42:28-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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