March 7, 2014 5:41:31 am
Kaunain Sheriff M
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), which has agreed to conduct the nation’s first mental health survey, has finalized Kolar district in Karnataka as the pilot district for the survey before it is rolled out nationally.
“The Centre for Public Health has identified Kolar as an observatory area. Hence, we have decided to implement the pilot phase in Kolar,” Dr P Satish Chandra, Director, NIMHANS said.
The national institute will start the pilot phase from March 15 and it will be completed within three months.
“By the end of June, we would be able to complete the pilot phase. And mid-term correction would be done for a month. And if everything goes according to plan, we will start the national survey in August,” the director said.
The national survey will be carried out for six months across the country and the institute is hoping to have the final survey results by the end of this financial year.
NIMHANS has also identified the tool which would contain the questionnaire. The tool has been finalized based on the “acceptability by psychiatrists” in the country and “international validation”.
The survey will be conducted to find out the prevalence of mental health disorders in the country as well as “the pathway for care” and resources available in the community to tackle the problem.
The survey will be conducted across the country based on “random sample distribution” that can represent the whole country. Also, a statistical team will be working to analyze the outcome of the survey, the NIMHANS director said.
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