Handl Camp Advantages And Disadvantages

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iv) Scope of services: In addition to early diagnosis and treatment of common mental disorders in the community, the other advantage is that patients who are stable can be seen in satellite clinics after discharge from the tertiary care hospital facilities, thus reducing the workload on the tertiary hospitals at the same time benefiting the client in terms of reduced travel expenses and reduced wait period for consultation. A closely knit community also helps to provide reliable information on the prevalent social and cultural beliefs which are relevant for the diagnosis and management of mental health problems. Such clinics also provide a framework for primary prevention of mental disorders. There is also an opportunity to understand the reasons for the treatment gap and how to…show more content…
Camp based detoxification for opium users was organized in Jodhpur in 1979 .Chennai based NGO, TTK group applied the camp based approach for alcohol users. Chandigarh group has organized first de-addiction camp at village Palsora in 1999. [18]
The department of Psychiatry, GMCH, Chandigarh is organizing these 10 days indoor community de-addiction camps for patients of alcohol and drug abuse since 1999. A total of 270 patients have been treated in these camps.
Chandigarh group carried out 10-years outcome of patients of substance use disorders, who were admitted from 1999-2010 in the 10 days indoor community camps, organized by department of Psychiatry, GMCH, Chandigarh and found that more than 52% of patients could maintained abstinence after 10 years and more than 42% patients could maintained abstinence between 2-10 years. The study concluded that community camps for treatment of substance abuse are cheaper, less stigmatizing, no or minimal disciplinary issues, good retention rate, patient maintains higher rates of abstinence with lower rates of relapse.

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