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Can a brief training intervention on schizophrenia and depression improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary healthcare workers? The experience in Armenia

Abstract : Background Although the World Health Organization has called for mental health services to be integrated into primary care, mental health remains in most countries, and especially in low- and middle-income countries, one of the most neglected topics in the training curriculum of frontline health workers. As a result, primary healthcare professionals leave medical and nursing schools with insufficient knowledge, and often with negative attitudes towards mental disorders. Aim We investigated the effect of a brief training intervention on schizophrenia and depression conducted among general practitioners and nurses in Armenia. Methods Training interventions were one-day, face-to-face, interactive workshops, including didactic presentations and discussions of case studies. We used a quasi-experimental design of the before/after type, to compare data on knowledge, attitudes and practices collected before and after the training sessions. Results Mean scores for knowledge, attitudes and practices increased significantly (p < 0.001) among both nurses and GPs for both schizophrenia (111 GPs and 167 nurses) and depression (459 GPs and 197 nurses). Conclusions Our experience suggests that a brief training intervention can result in significant improvements in knowledge, attitudes and practices among primary healthcare workers and could help improve mental health services.
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Lara Mroueh, Dicranouhie Ekmekdjian, Elen Aghekyan, Samvel Sukiasyan, Margarit Tadevosyan, et al.. Can a brief training intervention on schizophrenia and depression improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary healthcare workers? The experience in Armenia. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2021, pp.102862. ⟨10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102862⟩. ⟨hal-03355061⟩

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