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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-82

Daycare center attached general hospital psychiatry unit: The felt-need in India for comprehensive mental healthcare services

1 Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College and Hospital, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore-575 018, India
2 Consultant Clinical Psychologist, D-4, 4177, Vasantkunj, New Delhi-110 070, India

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T M Ismail Shihabuddeen
Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College and Hospital, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore-575 018
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.48478

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Disability in the area of psychosocial role functioning is found to be present even while getting discharged from the hospitals or GHPU's; since the current scenario in India focus primarily on pharmacological/somatic treatment with less emphasis on structured psychosocial therapies/interventions during hospitalization. This poses a challenge for the care givers and burdens them with additional duties of assisting the unproductive family member after discharge. This in turn creates misconception about the progress of the client or the expectation of treatment efficacy. The importance of structured psychosocial interventions during the hospitalization in a GHPU has been discussed elsewhere, however, the premises/existing settings pause as a challenge to introduce such programs even with the awareness of the benefits. It's also noticed that in India, majority of consumers prefer to avail treatment from GHPU than any alternative patters of care. Also, the related publications reveal the availability and the benefits of daycare center attached to a GHPU. This highlights the felt-need of having a daycare center attached to every GHPU in India for improving mental healthcare system of the country.

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