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Integrating evidence-based treatments for common mental disorders in routine primary care: feasibility and acceptability of the MANAS intervention in Goa, India

Sudipto Chatterjee, Neeria Chowdhary, Sulochana Pednekar, Alex Cohen, Gracy Andrew, Ricardo Araya, Gregory Simon, Michael King, Shirley Telles, Helen Weiss, Helena Verdeli, Kathleen Clougherty, Betty Kirkwood, Vikram Patel

World Psychiatry | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008


Common mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, pose a major public health burden in developing countries. Although these disorders are thought to be best managed in primary care settings, there is a dearth of evidence about how this can be achieved in low resource settings. The MANAS project is an attempt to integrate an evidence based package of treatments into routine public and private primary care settings in Goa, India. Before initiating the trial, we carried out extensive preparatory work, over a period of 15 months, to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the planned intervention. This paper describes the systematic development and evaluation of the intervention thro..

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