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Journal:   HORMOZGAN MEDICAL JOURNAL   Fall 2003 , Volume 7 , Number 3; Page(s) 105 To 110.
 
Paper: 

PATHWAYS OF PATIENTS TO PSYCHIATRIC CENTERS IN BANDAR ABBAS

 
 
Author(s):  DERAKHSHANPOOR F.*, ABOOTALBPOOR B., ZARE SH.
 
* Ebn-Sina Hospital Psychiatry Ward, Bandar Abbas, Iran
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: The pathway that a psychic patient go through in seeking psychiatric services and the way that he or she refer to a general practitioner or traditional healers is the main aim of this study.
Method & Material: In this descriptive study, a total number of 600 patients who refer to psychiatrists or Ebn-e-Sina psychiatric Hospital were randomly selected and a questionnaire was completed for each of them.
Results: Results showed that, the first choice of 27% of the patients is psychiatrists, 19.7% of them is general practitioners, 11.2% other specialists and 42.2% of them is traditional healers. Based on the results, 50.7% of all cases have risited a traditional healer during their treatment 44% of the cases were guided to a psychiatric medical center by a relative or a friend and traditional healers had no role in such referrals.
Conclusion: The findings clear that in Hormozgan province, traditional healers have still a great role in attracting psychic patients. This problem not only escalates treatment expenses, but also causes a delay in receiving medical services.

 
Keyword(s): PSYCHIATRY, PATIENTS, PSYCHIATRIC DEPARTMENT, HOSPITAL
 
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