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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2416-2419

Effectiveness of mental health community training on depression and anxiety to the health care profession working in rural centers of eastern Nepal

1 Associate Professor, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
2 Medical Officer and Researcher, Kathmandu, Nepal
3 Project Facilitators and Consultant, California Academy of Family Physicians, California, United states of America
4 Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
5 Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Dr. Pramendra P Gupta
Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_6_20

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Background: Depression and anxiety is the leading cause of disease burden in low- and middle-income countries. It is associated with a worse clinical course over the lifespan. This study aims the post-effect on the approach of managing depression and anxiety after the training on diagnosis and management of depression and anxiety. Methods: This is a prospective observational study done in the health care professionals who had done training on diagnosis and management of depression and anxiety from me. The participants were evaluated with the questionnaire. Results: The training was given in three parts in three different places of eastern Nepal with the health care professionals working near to those centers. There were total of 49 participants from 17 different primary health care centers. The referral rate of patients with depression and anxiety was decreased by 27% as stated by the participants as they can give psychoeducation and counseling in a very well manner after training which was lacking before training. Conclusions: Overall, the findings from the current data suggest that there is merit in continuing to evaluate and deliver community health training programs for depression and anxiety. While prevention type and personnel delivering the intervention account for aspects of the heterogeneity observed, more research is needed to identify how program completion and fidelity impact outcomes.

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