Industrial Psychiatry Journal

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: 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 202--205

Impact of drug awareness and treatment camps on attendance at a community outreach de-addiction clinic


Om Prakash Giri1, Rahul Bharadwaj2, Arun Kumar Misra1, Paramanand Kulhara2 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Om Prakash Giri
Department of Psychiatry, Drug De.addiction and Treatment Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
India

Background: Substance misuse is an increasing problem in urban and rural India. The utility of community-based interventions and preventive strategies are increasingly emphasized in this context. The drug de-addiction and treatment center, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, has been running a drug de-addiction and treatment clinic at Kharar Civil Hospital, Kharar, District Mohali, Punjab, since 1998. As part of an effort to enhance this community outreach program, community-based drug awareness and treatment camps have been organized since March 2004 in villages in and around Tehsil Kharar of Mohali. Aim: To study the impact of the drug awareness and treatment camps on the attendance of patients at the community outreach drug de-addiction and treatment clinic at Kharar Civil Hospital. Methods: Sociodemographic and clinical variables, including treatment outcome-related variables, of patients attending the clinic at Kharar Civil Hospital, before and after the camps were compared. Discussion and Conclusion: The study showed a positive impact on drug awareness and treatment camps held in the community on outpatient attendance at a community outreach clinic, with attendance increasing more than 1.8 times.


How to cite this article:
Giri OP, Bharadwaj R, Misra AK, Kulhara P. Impact of drug awareness and treatment camps on attendance at a community outreach de-addiction clinic.Ind Psychiatry J 2015;24:202-205


How to cite this URL:
Giri OP, Bharadwaj R, Misra AK, Kulhara P. Impact of drug awareness and treatment camps on attendance at a community outreach de-addiction clinic. Ind Psychiatry J [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];24:202-205
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