South Asian person-centered psychiatric healthcare projects: an exploratory overview

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Jitendra Kumar Trivedi
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Yongyuth Pongsupap
Abdul Qadir Jilani


Background: Nowadays with better treatment modalities at our disposal, there has been an improvement in the acceptance of the persons with psychiatric disorder in the community, although a lot still remains to be achieved. Most institutions still follow an authoritarian approach to provide care for these patients, without particular concern  for the latter’s opinion. There is a need to integrate the patient and people close to him/her in planning the treatment pathway in order to achieve better compliance, regular follow-up and patient satisfaction, in accordance with the principles of person-centered care.Aims: The purpose of this paper was to perform a review of published literature in English on person-centered psychiatric care/projects and related topics from south Asian countries.Methods: A review of the literature on person-centered psychiatric care/projects until December 2010, published in English was conducted with following keywords: person/client-centered planning/care/project/medicine. Due to the scarcity of literature, no exclusion/inclusion criteria were taken into account in this exploratory overview.Result and Conclusion: Four published studies of relevance to the topic of study were identified and three nongovernmental organizations practising principles of person-centeredness partly and/or fully were identified. In countries of south Asia, the idea of person-centered care is at a primitive level, with no/minimal encouragement  from Government agencies. Fertile ground for applicability of person-centered projects and barriers to it are both present. There is a need for further research.

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Third Geneva Conference on Person-centered Medicine: Regional Perspectives on Person-centered Care
Author Biography

Jitendra Kumar Trivedi, Department of Psychiatry, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University U.P. India

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University U.P. India. Chairman of the Department December 2008 - March 2009. Editor of Indian Journal of Psychiatry (IJP); Chairman of the Department December 2008 - March 2009.Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK since 2005; Fellow Member of American Psychiatric Association since 2007; nominated Honorary Member of World Psychiatric Association in 2008; Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 2009; Elected Fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (F.R.C.Psych, U.K.) January 2011


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