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  • DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY

    SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITY

    PORUR, CHENNAI -600116

    PROTOCOL FOR SUBMISSION OF PLAN OF THESIS

    FOR THE AWARD OF MD PSYCHIATRY

    SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITY

    SESSION 2013-2016

    PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR : Dr Vikas Prabhav M

    NAME OF GUIDE : Dr.R.Balakrishnan,MD,DPM

    Professor& Head

    Department of Psychiatry

    Sri Ramachandra Medical College &

    Research Institute

    Chennai- 600116

    NAME OF CO-GUIDE : Dr. M.S.Karthik, MD

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychiatry

    Sri Ramachandra Medical College &

    Research Institute

    Chennai- 600116

    TITLE OF THESIS:

    KNOWLEDGE, AND ATTITUDES TOWARD MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG

    MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.

  • SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL ETHICS

    COMMITTEE

    Initial Review Submission Form for Research Proposal

    1. Title of the Research Proposal

    Knowledge, and attitudes toward mental illness among medical

    professionals.

    2. Name of Principal Investigator with qualification and designation

    Dr. Vikas Prabhav, M.B.B.S,

    1st year Postgraduate (M.D) in Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry

    S.R.M.C & R.I, Chennai 60016

    3. Name of Co-Investigator (s) with Qualifications and designation

    (A)Dr.Balakrishnan,MD,DPM,

    Professor and Head,

    Dept. of Psychiatry,

    S.R.M.C & R.I, Chennai 600 116

    (B)Dr. M.S.Karthik,MD,

    Assistant Professor,

    Dept. of Psychiatry,

    S.R.M.C & R.I , Chennai 600 116

    4. Name of Institute /Hospital/Field area where research will be conducted:

  • Sri Ramachandra Hospital, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur,

    Chennai 600 116

    5. Forwarding Letter from the Head of the Department / Institution/guide

    (Enclosed)

    6. Consent of the Head of the Department where the study will be conducted.

    (Enclosed)

    7. Protocol of the Proposed Research

    (Enclosed)

    8. Ethical issues in the study and plans to address these:

    Written informed consent of patients will be obtained prior to induction.

    No invasive procedure will be carried out as a part of the current study

    No additional benefits will be given to the subject.

    Confidentiality of the information obtained will be maintained.

    Subject will have the right to withdraw consent at any stage. This will not affect their

    treatment in any way.

    9. Case Report Forms, Questionnaires:

    (Enclosed)

    10. Informed Consent Form:

    In English

    (Enclosed)

  • 11. Relevant Pre clinical animal data, Clinical Trial data from other countries:

    Not Applicable.

    12. Usefulness of the Project:

    13. Expected benefits to volunteers/community

    Benefits include

    -Better planning of educational interventions to improve knowledge on mental illness

    among doctors of other specialities.

    14. Benefits to other categories:

    Not Applicable

    15. Anticipated Risks:

    There will be no risks associated with this

    study.

    16. Efforts taken to minimize risks:

    Not applicable.

    17. Research Proposal Approval by Scientific Advisory Committee, Drug Controller

    General of India, Health ministry Screening Committee

    Not applicable.

    18. Regulatory Clearance:

    Not applicable

    19. Source of Funding:

    Self-funded.

    20. Financial Issues related to Insurance:

    Not applicable

  • 21. Agreement to report all Serious Adverse Events to SRU- IEC:

    No serious adverse events to the patients or others are being expected in this study. If any

    adverse effects are being noticed, then we will comply with SRU-IEC

    22. Statement of Conflicts of Interest:

    There are no issues of conflict of interest.

    23. Agreement to comply with relevant National and International Guidelines:

    Yes

    24. Statement describing Compensation given to study participants:

    No Compensation will be given to the study participants.

    25. Description of the arrangements for Indemnity, if applicable in study related injuries

    and description of the arrangements for insurance coverage for research participants, if

    applicable:

    Not applicable

    26. Significant previous decisions by other ECs:

    Not applicable.

    27. Specific Ethical Issues:

    Not applicable

    28. Curriculum Vitae of all the Investigators:

    (Enclosed)

    29. Plans for Publication of the study:

    The study will be published while maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of the study

    participants.

    30. Registration of proposal with CTRI:

    Not applicable

    31. Any other information relevant to the study:

  • Nil

    32. Signature of the principal Investigator:

    Place: Chennai

  • PROTOCOL

    TITLE

    Knowledge, and attitudes toward mental illness among medical professionals.

    INTRODUCTION

    World Health Organization (2001) reported that mental disorders will affect one in four

    people worldwide. Early treatment is important and necessary in order for individuals who

    have a mental disorder to return to pre-illness functioning, retain employment, and to

    preserve family relationship and quality of life.

    Mental illness is estimated to account for 14% of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs)

    lost to disease worldwide 1,2

    and contribute more to the global burden of disease than either

    cardiovascular disease or cancer 1

    . In India, approximately 6% of the population is diagnosed

    with a mental illness 3, and suicide is a major public health problem

    4. People suffering from

    mental illness frequently present to a range of health care providers due to a significant

    overlap between physical and mental health. 5,6

    The primary care physician may not always be able to accurately assess and diagnose mental

    illness secondary to the lack of training in mental health issues in undergraduate medical

    curriculum, time constraints, and the fact that patients often present with somatic complaints.

    Physician knowledge, beliefs, and attitude have an effect upon the recognition, management,

    and prevention of mental disorders, Patients often report vague symptoms or symptoms that

    overlap and mimic those of a diagnosed medical condition.

    Besides structural barriers, like a scarcity of human, and financial resources, attitudinal

    barriers are also important in determining peoples help-seeking behaviour. The main

    psychological barriers cited are stigma and negative beliefs about the effectiveness of

    treatment

    It is highly pertinent for general practitioners to receive the education necessary to be able to

    detect, diagnose, and treat mental disorders. It is equally imperative that the general refer

    patients to specialist treatment when warranted.

  • AIM AND OBJECTIVES

    1. Assess the knowledge about mental illness among medical professionals.

    2. Assess the attitudes toward mental illness among medical professionals.

    3. To correlate the knowledge and attitude towards mental illness among medical

    professionals.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS

    The study will be conducted in the Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra medical

    college & research Centre (SRMC&RC), Porur.

    STUDY DESIGN

    Cross-sectional study.

    SAMPLE

    For the purpose of this study the term medical professional would include doctors

    who have completed their MBBS, Postgraduate students pursuing MD/MS courses and

    Specialist doctors who have completed their post-graduation. The sample of medical

    professionals will be obtained from

    1) Medical officers employed at Sri Ramachandra medical college and Sri Ramachandra

    medical centre in Chennai.

    2) Postgraduates, junior and senior residents at Sri Ramachandra medical college and Sri

    Ramachandra medical centre in Chennai.

    3) Consultants from various specialities practising at Sri Ramachandra medical college and

    Sri Ramachandra medical centre in Chennai.

    The sample will comprise of 100 medical professionals .

    SAMPLING METHODS

    Simple random sampling will be used to select participants from the source population.

    SELECTION CRITERIA

  • INCLUSION CRITERIA

    Doctors who have completed their MBBS , and are practising currently.

    Post graduate students of MD/MS and DM/Mch

    Specialist and super specialist doc