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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

A study of disability in psychiatric patients


1 Postgraduate of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Mamata General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Mamata General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
K Anupama
Postgraduate, Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College, 4-2-161, Rotary Nagar, Khammam-507002. Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Background: Disability associated with mental illness is a major contributor to the global burden of diseases, accounting for 25% of total disability and 16% of total burden as reported by World Health Organisation (WHO). Aim: To assess and compare the level of disability in various psychiatric disorders. Methods: A semi structured interview consisting of socio demographic details, and the Indian Disability Evaluation and Assessment Scale (IDEAS) were used to assess the level of disability among patients attending the psychiatric out- patient department. Results: Majority of the sample had mild and moderate disability. Conclusion: Appropriate intervention programmes of management and rehabilitation can improve the outcome.


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