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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 293-296

Web model of pathways to psychiatric care for Indian setting


Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sumit Kumar Gupta
CP-98, Pitampura, Delhi - 110 034
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.107896

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Context: The current linear models of pathways to psychiatric care fail to explain the complexities of pathways to psychiatric care found in Indian setting. Aims: To examine the pathways to psychiatric care taken by patients before attending the psychiatry outpatient department (OPD). Settings and Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study of pathways taken by patients attending the Psychiatry OPD of a tertiary care referral hospital in Delhi. Materials and Methods: All new patients attending the Psychiatry OPD who provided informed consent were asked questions as per a specifically designed semistructured proforma for collecting relevant data on pathways to psychiatric care. Statistical Analysis: Descriptive statistical analysis was employed in this study. Results: A total of 225 patients were analyzed for pathways to psychiatric care. No set sequence of any carer in pathway could be found. Hence, a web model of pathways to psychiatric care was used to explain the pathways. Conclusions: Web model is most suitable model to explain the complexities of pathways to psychiatric care found in Indian setting.


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