STIGMA AND PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS. A SURVEY OF ATTITUDE OF MEDICAL STUDENTS AND DOCTORS IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN
AbstractBackground: The stigma attached to mental illness in the West is now well recognised. There ishowever, only limited information available on this topic from the developing countries.Measurement of stigma among medical students and doctors is straightforward to carry outallowing targeted work to educate doctors in countries with few resources. This study was carriedout to assess the attitude of medical students and doctors, attending medical colleges in Lahore,Pakistan. Methods: A survey was circulated among the medical students and the doctors of thethree medical colleges in Lahore, Pakistan. 294 (59%) of the 500 survey forms sent out werereturned. Results: Just over half of the respondents held negative attitudes towards people withschizophrenia, depression, drug and alcohol disorders. However, most had favourable views of therecovery and treatability of the mental disorders. Conclusions: The views held by the medicalstudents and the doctors in Lahore, Pakistan are broadly similar to the opinions expressed by themedical students and doctors in the UK.
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