Virtual psychiatrist tool developed by Indian researchers
To meet the shortage of trained psychiatrists in the country, Indian researchers have developed a “virtual psychiatrist” tool.
This can make a huge difference in the health sector for people with mental health issues.
The online tool is called clinical decision support system or CDSS.
According to the developers, it can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
The tool is useful for people with mental health issues
The tool has been created at the Department of Psychiatry of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
The trials of the tool have been conducted in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir.
The tool can cover the diagnoses of 18 common mental disorders such as dementia, depression, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcohol addiction.
India does not have sufficient number of mental health experts and the tool can help change that.
It is also useful for people who do not wish to discuss their problems with others but can still get help online.
The researchers are planning to make the tool available on the mobile platform in the future to make it accessible for more people.