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Annual Report

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Annual Report 2003-04





The number of patients is increasing at a rapid rate in the OPD indicating the quality of services provided.  Four-bed neuro-ICU was started by IHBAS for critically ill patients. Private ward facility was also started during this year. 


1.1.1 Outpatient services - The outpatient care is improving both, qualitatively and quantitatively. The institute can claim to have the largest OPD attendance in neuropsychiatric services in north India.  The total number of patient visits in the calendar year 2001 was 1, 42, 296.  This included 17, 608 new and 1, 24, 688 follow up cases. Out of new case, 59.3% patients were from Delhi and rest from the neighbouring states (See figure). Daily average of patients attending OPD was 482.  The OPD with a central garden and well-ventilated large verandahs outside the clinics provides a soothing effect to behaviorally disturbed patients. The outpatient services are provided in the morning hours on all the working days.



1.1.2 Specialty Services - IHBAS conducts regular specialty clinics to provide specialized services to patients with certain specific disorders or problems, in the afternoon hours.


(i) Child & Adolescent Mental Health: A weekly Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Clinic (CAPC) provides mental health care to the children and adolescents. It provides services for the psychiatric and behavioral problems of the children and adolescents as well as counseling about school related problems. Common problems seen in the clinic include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), academic problems, conduct disorders, developmental delays, enuresis, etc.  1,832 patients were provided services at CAPC in the current year.  As per need, parents are requested to involve themselves actively in the treatment process.  Patient counseling services are regular activity of this clinic.




(ii) Mental Retardation Clinic: This clinic was started in December 1999. It is being run on a weekly basis by a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatric social workers. Special parent training programmes are also organized for parents of children with mental retardation. Information is imparted regarding medical, family and social needs of these children.  The clinic serves an important need of such children for certification required after special schooling and disability benefits.  A total of 2,035 patients availed services through this clinic during the year.




(iii) Marital & Psychosexual Clinic: This is a weekly specialty clinic, which was earlier fortnightly clinic to provide specialized services to the patient suffering from psychosexual and marital problems. This clinic offers service to the patients with marital and sexual problems.  A joint team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists is running it. A number of patients attending the service have sexual misconceptions or myths related to sex which respond well to sex education and counseling. Other common disorders include impotence and premature ejaculation. Various treatment modalities are used such as medicines, counseling, sex education and behaviour therapy.  A total of 643 patients availed services through this clinic in the last year.




(iv) Tobacco Cessation Clinic: IHBAS launched its tobacco cessation clinic on 31st May 2001. This clinic is part of a National Tobacco Initiative by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and World Health Organization.  The Institute is recognized as the National Coordinating and Resource Center for the project. This clinic is held thrice a week on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon under the care of a multi-disciplinary team.  Nearly 12-15 new patients would attend the clinic and 15-20 % of the patients would achieve complete cessation over 3 months and 30-35 % achieve partial cessation over this period.  The treatment modalities offered are both pharmacological and psychosocial with emphasis on counseling and behaviour management.  This year 239 patients utilized the services of the clinic. 




(v) Neurobehaviour Clinic: This clinic is run once a fortnight (1st & 3rd Friday of the month) by a joint team of neurologists, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.  It provides services to the patients with behaviour and psychological problems of neurological origin such as dementia (Alzheimer’s disease), age associated memory impairment, behavioural disturbances associated with various medical and neurological illnesses, etc.  This year 265 patients attended this clinic.  To improve understanding of the nature of the disease, support group meetings are held regularly with the patients and family members.  The family members are given the necessary support and are guided to take better care of the patients.  The clinic is well appreciated by the patients and family members.  The ultimate goal of the support group meeting is to impart coping up skills in patients with dementia and their families.




(vi) Drug Abuse Treatment Clinic:  It is being run twice a week on Wednesday and Friday afternoon.  It offers service to the patients with problems of drug abuse and alcoholism.  Most of the clientele consists of patients abusing smack (heroin), alcohol, cannabis products (bhang, ganja, etc.).  A large number of patients come on their own.  Others are brought by their family members.  A multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrist, clinical psychologists and psychiatric social workers is running the clinic.  A total of 9,391 patients attended this clinic.  The patients are admitted for four to six weeks for comprehensive indoor treatment.




(vii) Movement Disorder Clinic: This clinic is held every Saturday.  Services to patients with different voluntary movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, progressive supraneuclear palsy, etc. are provided.  Advanced treatment like botulinum toxin injections are given to the patients with focal dystonia.  In this year 206 patients attended the clinic.



1.1.3 Inpatient Services

The inpatient care, both in psychiatry and neurology, has undergone a qualitative change for the better. Due attention is given to the cleanliness and hygiene of the patients. Nurses are given an opportunity to undergo regular training in specialized neuropsychiatric care. A total of 2,359 admissions were made during the year. The average bed occupancy was 91.0%. The total number of patient days was 47, 012. The overall death rate among admitted patients was 0.8% and 0.69% in psychiatry and neurology, respectively.


 1.1.4 Emergency Services

The institute provides round the clock emergency services in psychiatry and neurology.  A qualified psychiatrist and neurologist (senior resident) are available round the clock and consultants are available on call.  Services are available for patients with psychological and behavioural disturbances, suicide risk, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy and various other neurological and psychiatric emergencies.   A total of 4,712 patients attended the emergency services during the year.


1.1.5 Diagnostic Services

Drug Assays: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of the anti-epileptic drugs viz. phenytoin, carbamazepine for patients suffering from epilepsy with breakthrough seizures and to ensure drug interaction and toxicity. Serum lithium levels are measured on regular basis for patients suffering from mood disorders to maintain the appropriate therapeutic lithium level, compliance and monitor toxic effect.  These services are also utilized by the neighbouring hospitals.

Electrophysiology: Various tests for patients with muscle and nerve disease, multiple sclerosis, and motor neuron disease are done routinely at IHBAS in the neurology department.  These tests include EEG, ENMG, NCV, EMG, VEP, SSEP, BERA and quantitative sensory testing on TSA II.  Electroencephalography is done routinely in patients suffering from various types of Epilepsies, status epilepticus and nonconvulsive state.  Evolved potentials like VEP, BERA, SSEP are done in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, stroke and spinal cord disorders.  Patients suffering from myopathies, myasthenia gravis and neuropathies undergo electromyography and nerve conduction velocity studies.

Psychodiagnostic Tests:  Psychodiagnostic tests such as neuropsychological assessment; IQ assessment, cognitive and specific function tests and specific learning disability test are being carried out by the clinical psychology laboratory in patients who are mentally challenged, suffering from behaviour and memory problems.


1.1.6 Community Outreach Services

Community outreach programmes have been initiated to take neuropsychiatric care to the doorstep of the people. Simultaneously, it also aims to educate and create awareness in the public regarding these disorders and to eliminate the stigma and myths associated with mental illnesses. Encouraging response has been seen at the clinics at Jahangirpuri and Chhatarpur and mobile health clinic for homeless near Jama Masjid. 3,498 patients attended the outreach clinic at Jahangirpuri and 569 at Chhatarpur village.  A variety of psychiatric disorders are managed at these community clinics.  The common problems reported by patients attending these services include mixed depression and anxiety, depression, OCD, other anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar illness, post partum psychosis, dementia and comorbid substance abuse.  Mental retardation and children with anxiety, depression, hyperactivity disorders, enuresis, learning disability and other developmental disorders are also reported in these community clinics.

IHBAS has been identified as the nodal agency for implementation of DMHP for the state of Delhi. There was more than 50% increase in the number of patients attending Jahangirpuri clinic and more than ten fold increase in the patients attending Chhatarpur Outreach Clinic.  IHBAS is also providing services for some segment of homeless population in collaboration with NGOs.

Programme for mental health needs of the homeless was started in September 2000 in collaboration with the AAA-Ashray Adhikar Abhiyan and other Delhi based NGOs. This program was initiated to assess the health needs of the homeless and from September 2000 the mobile outreach health services are also being provided, twice a week in Jama Masjid area of Delhi. This is the first ever-comprehensive outreach health services in the country with IHBAS providing the mental health and substance abuse treatment services to the homeless with a unique collaboration between IHBAS and three other NGOs. During the year 2001-2002, about 1,700 general and 800 patients with psychiatric problems were provided care at the clinic.  Predominant psychiatric problems of people living on the pavements around Jama Masjid are smack abuse and injectable opioid abuse, children with petrol sniffing and other inhalant abuse.  Importantly, females with substance abuse problems are also reporting to the clinic.  Other types of psychiatric problems managed at the clinic include psychosis, psychosexual disorders, somatoform disorders, substance abuse, other anxiety disorders and depression.

IHBAS has been pioneer in providing mental health services to the disaster-affected people in Delhi and elsewhere as a part of its community services. This year it provided mental health services to the fire affected people in Yamuna Pushta, Delhi as well as the earthquake disaster affected population in Gujarat in coordination with the Government of Gujarat.


Chhatarpur Clinic     -          Every Mon/Thu Morning

  1. Jahangirpuri Clinic             -          Every Wed/Fri Morning
  2. Mobile Health Clinic for     -          Every Mon/Thu evening
  3. homeless near Jama Masjid 

The department of psychiatry provides both inpatient and outpatient care through general psychiatry OPD and Specialty Clinics.  There was a 15.4% increase in the total OPD attendance during the year 2001 as compared to 2000.  11,589 new and 94.009 follow up cases availed the OPD services. The number of new patients as well as follow-up cases increased notably compared to previous year. A multidisciplinary team of specialists consisting of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers and other paramedical staff work in a cohesive manner to provide comprehensive mental health care.  Modern therapeutic regimens are used to treat the patients. Admission in psychiatry wards is done voluntarily or through court orders. 92 admissions were made through court and 983 as voluntary admissions. The latter constituted 91% of admissions.   Besides providing general psychiatry services, the department is also running a number of specialty clinics like Drug Abuse Treatment Clinic, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Mental Retardation Clinic and Community Outreach Clinic. A new specialty clinic for tobacco cessation was started during the current year which provides services to patients with problems related to tobacco use like smoking, gutka, pan masala, etc.


 OPD attendance has witnessed an increase of 53% over the previous year.  In the year 2001, the number of patient visits recorded was 30,974.  The inpatient admissions were 1,284.  The department is equipped with an advanced Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) in addition to digital EEG, EMG/EP and NCV for detecting various abnormalities of muscle, nerve, spinal cord and the brain. Rehabilitation of chronic neurologically handicapped patients is done by active involvement of the physiotherapy section of the institute. A four-bed neurology intensive care unit (ICU) equipped with state-of-the-art ventilators and monitors has been set up where patients with status epilepticus, progressive neurological deficit, stroke, encephalitis, etc. are managed. Specialty clinics like Movement Disorder Clinic and Neurobehaviour Clinic continue to provide quality services to the patients.


 The department of clinical psychology provides psycho-diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services. The department provides child guidance services, neuropsychological assessment, behaviour therapy and counseling in the field of marital discord, psychological disorders and psychosexual dysfunctions.  Early intervention and management of mentally handicapped children is also done. A total of 4,162 sessions were conducted during the year 2001.


 Four basic science departments i.e., Microbiology, Neurochemistry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Pathology jointly provide clinical diagnostic services.  Some of the diagnostic facilities were upgraded with addition of five investigations like creatinine clearance test, gynaecologic cytology, serum carbamazepine levels and a battery of microbiological culture and sensitivity tests.  Clinical service laboratories were shifted to more spacious and renovated buildings. A total of 53,547 investigations were done at IHBAS.


The department of radiology is equipped with T6R Klinoskop 800(MA) X-ray machine for routine radiological investigations. A total number of 2,693 X-rays were done in the year 2001, which has increased by 28%.   CT Scan facility, available at the neighbouring SDN and GTB Hospital, is being used for IHBAS patients also.


The pharmacy provides information on dosage, frequency, duration and precautions while dispensing the drugs. Drug management software is used for reporting to the administration. It has simplified tasks at the medical store. It also provides inputs for streamlining the procurement and distribution of drugs.  This is the only hospital where value added pharmaceutical service is provided to the patients by the pharmacists by dispensing drugs in an envelope separately and with proper labeling.  Patient information leaflets about drugs prescribed are also distributed to the patients. Proper labeling and Patient Information Leaflets help improving the patients’ knowledge and increasedopportunity for improved compliance with therapy. 


Day Care Center provides services to the improved psychiatric patients discharged from the wards as well as the follow up patients from the OPD.  A multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric nurses take part in rehabilitation of the day care patients.  The patients are trained in social and vocational skills. A structured working programme for patients consisting of group sessions attending the day care center has been developed.

This unit provides supportive services for the recovered and recovering patients. It is planned to provide for productive vocational training in areas like tailoring, candle making and activities like indoor and outdoor games. 10,215 visits by patients were made to the day care center.


Physiotherapy services provide care to the patients. OPD cases are handled in morning (9.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M.) while the ward cases are dealt in the afternoon (1.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  Patients with movement dysfunction and other disorders interrupting physical activities of the person are helped by  the methods using exercises and electrotherapy. The equipments available in the department are quadriceps table, static cycle, rowing machine, parallel working bar, wrist exercises, T-Bracket set, shoulder abduction ladder, shoulder wheel, grip exerciser, moist heat therapy, paraffin wax bath, electro stimulator ultra sound therapy, short wave diathermy and traction unit. The total number of patients visit to the department was 7,363 during April 2001- March 2002.


The psychiatric social workers provide psychosocial intervention to patients and their families and liaison activity with NGO's and government welfare organizations. Most intervention plans were primarily centered to achieve the following broad objectives:

Helping the client system and their families to avail psycho-social intervention

Imparting psycho education to patient and their families

Ensuring humanitarian approach from different segments for mentally disturbed individuals and their families.

Habilitate and rehabilitate patients in suitable environment.

Contributing towards the overall growth of psychiatric social work department for effective service delivery by IHBAS.

The staff conducted 1,169 counseling sessions during the year to impart psycho education to patients and their families. It conducted family counseling sessions to enhance the level of understanding about illness, prognosis and the role of psychosocial factors in the disease outcome. Special group sessions were conducted for caregivers of patients suffering from schizophrenia. Counseling was provided to family members of drug addicts and mentally retarded. 79 home visits were made to assess the families on the spot and bridge the gap between families and mental health setting. By means of various modes of efforts, a total of 113 acute and chronic recovered patients were discharged with the psychiatric social workers initiatives. Out of these, 60 patients were handed over to their families at their residence. 60 patients were suitably accommodated in their respective home and   24   patients   were rehabilitated in different   social   welfare   centers.   Psychiatric social workers were also involved in community outreach programme and in various academic/cultural activities organized by the institution.

Psychiatric social workers have been actively involved in arranging medical/surgical devices, important investigations as well as other rehabilitation aids at concessional rates for the poor patients.


Outdoor Patient Department



% Change

Total number of registrations in the OPD


1, 42, 296

+ 27.3



1, 05, 598


New cases


11, 589




94, 009




30, 974


New cases




Follow-up visits


25, 490


Total number of emergency cases


4, 712



Indoor Patients Department



1, 075




1, 065










Bed Occupancy rate (%)






1, 284




1, 289










Bed Occupancy Rate(%)





Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic 1,931 1, 832 -5.1
Mental Retardation Clinic


2, 035


Neuro Behaviour Clinic




Movement Disorder Clinic




Marital & Psychosexual Clinic




Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center


9, 391


Tobacco Cessation Clinic*





Jahangirpuri Clinic


3, 498


Chhatarpur Clinic




Mobile Health Clinic for Homeless (MHCH)




*Started in May 2001

NA – Not applicable


2.1       DNB psychiatry:  The institute is currently running three-year postgraduate DNB (Diplomat of National Board) in psychiatry.  It is affiliated to the National Board of Examinations, Government of India.  In the year 2002, three new postgraduate students were registered for DNB course.  The course started in 1997.  till date, more than 10 students have done their DNB from the institute.


Nursing care in neuropsychiatry is somewhat different from general nursing care that its nurses are trained and taught to deliver special care to the psychiatric patients.  Nursing students from other hospitals namely Kasturba hospitals, Safdarjung hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospitals, Hindu Rao, GTB Hospital etc. undergo regular training at the Institute.  Some of the nurses from the institute are also sent to other advanced institutions for specialized training. 


Ten students of masters in social work from various institutions such as Delhi School of Social Work, Vidhya Peeth, Varanasi. Jamia Milia Islamia and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Bareilly received training in psychiatric social work.


M.A. Psychology students of University of Delhi, Poorvanchal University, Jaunpur, Guru Jambheswar University, Hissar and Jamia Milia Islamia University visited the institute for the clinical posting in clinical psychology. 


As a part of the implementation of District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) of Government of India the training programmes for medical officers, para-medical and non-medical personnel were organized.




Sh. P. K. Goel, Assistant Engineer (Electrical) attended Training Programme (Planning & Design of HVAC Systems I/C Computer aided Design) conducted by CPWD at Ghaziabad from 18-22 February 2002.


Sh. Chandrasekhar Keot, Library Assistant was deputed to attend the training programme on “application of modern technologies in health science libraries/documentation centers” held on 6th-10th Aug. 2001 at NIH&FW, Delhi.


The department of clinical psychology conducted “Short term (two weeks) refresher course in Rehabilitation Psychology” under Continuing Rehabilitation Education Programme in collaboration with ‘Rehabilitation Council of India’ from 13th to 26th March 2002.  The broad objectives of the course were to orient the participants to newer developments in the field of psycho-social rehabilitation, enriching their knowledge and skills and improving their competency in the area of rehabilitation.  There were 25 participants from 14 states.  The 18 resource persons covering various fields were from NIVH, NIMH, NIHH, GTB Hospital, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Staff Selection Commission and IHBAS.


WHO Global Contest for school children at the National level was organized by IHBAS in February-April, 2001 on behalf of SEARO (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in which 3,924 students from 29 states participated.

International Epilepsy Day was celebrated on 17th November 2001 at IHBAS by organizing a symposium for the patients and caregivers of epileptics. The expert and caregivers shared concerns about epilepsy and discussed the issues of stigma and misconception prevailing in the society.  An exhibition was also organized on this day.



3.1 Projects completed

Pilot Phase Study on the mental health consequences & service needs of the disaster (earthquake) affected population in Gujarat by the department of psychiatry, clinical psychology and medical anthropology. Professor NG Desai was the principal investigator. An ICMR project was started within three weeks of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and the mental health and community health professionals of Gujarat. The aim was to study the consequences of the earthquake and to evaluate the existing   regional services to deal with the mental health consequences of the earthquake.  It was observed that there were three levels of psychological disturbances.  (i) Mild to moderate psychological transient disturbance of emotions and/or thoughts, which occur in a very large proportion of the population (70 to 90% of the population). (ii) Moderate to severe psychological disturbance, subsyndromal psychiatric problems and acute stress related disorders (30 to 50% of population).  (iii) Diagnosable psychiatric disorders, mostly related to the stress, which may begin to occur after the 2-3 months of the disaster and will require specialist psychiatric and mental health services.  The study found that special groups such as women and school going children were found to be at higher risk of developing psychological disturbances.  Hence, adequate attention should be paid to these groups while planning mental health services in earthquake-affected areas.  A long-term intensive study on mental health consequences has been planned and submitted to the ICMR

Mental health consequences and service needs of disaster (fire) affected community in an urban slum, by the department of psychiatry and clinical psychology.  Professor NG Desai was the principal investigator. This ICMR project was started to study the effect of a devastating major fire disaster on the mental health of an urban slum in Delhi. It also aimed to assess the service needs of the affected population.

A study of rehabilitation needs assessment of chronically mentally ill and effect of intervention by the department of clinical psychology and psychiatry. Dr. TB Singh was the principal investigator.  Considering the increasing number of chronically mentally ill patients and to insure quality service in the area of rehabilitation, this project was launched in the year 2001(April). Rehabilitation need-assessment and the effect of intervention were studied on 50 subjects (25 study, 25 control). The study concluded that psycho-social intervention using psycho-education; activity scheduling and social skill training was noted to be effective in symptom reduction, disability remediation, improving subjective well-being, cognitive ability and function in personal social and family areas.  The main stumbling block in conducting research in the area of psycho-social rehabilitation of persons suffering from chronic mental illness is non availability of quantified authentic description of disability arising out of chronic mental illness.

Emergence of PTSD and impact of traumatic event on the adolescents in J & K, by the department of medical anthropology. Dr. PC Joshi was principal investigator. The ICSSR supported project examined the impact of conflict situation on role performance of adolescence in the Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu and Srinagar valley. It had compared 56 adolescents with PTSD and 56 control adolescents on role performance with the help of ethnographic and qualitative research tools. It was found that 33 percent of adolescents among those witnessing traumatic event developed PTSD. The results showed that there were differences between the physical and psychological distress levels of the two groups with the control groups having less distress than the experimental group. Overall, there were no significant differences between the two groups but in some areas of psychological distress like anxiety, depression, and tension there were differences (though not statistically significant) among experimental and control group.  Similarly, significant differences were also noticed among males and females as well as among adolescents hailing from rural and urban background.  Our study concludes that the females are more distressed than males and the adolescents living in urban areas are more distressed than the adolescents living in rural areas in relation to the aftermath of violence in the state.  This research project is now been extended to include the migrants adolescents residing in Jammu and Delhi as well as making a longitudinal study of the impact of traumatic situations.





Efficacy & tolerance of sildenafil in male erectile dysfunction: double blind randomized placebo controlled study under the department of psychiatry.  Dr. RK Chadda is the principal investigator.  This study was funded by Panacea Biotec and aimed to assess the efficacy and tolerance of sildenafil compared to placebo in the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.


The ICMR Task Force Project on Suicidal Behaviour by the department of psychiatry, in collaboration with the departments of clinical psychology and medical anthropology.  Professor NG Desai is the principal investigator. IHBAS is one of the two centers of ICMR task force project on suicidal behaviour. The five year community and hospital based project aims to find out the description and occurrence of suicidal ideas in the general and clinic population and to study the relationship of these suicidal ideas with the psychiatric morbidity, actual behaviour and socio-demographic variables.


Urban mental health problems and their services needs under the department of psychiatry funded by WHO/SEARO.


A survey of burden and coping strategies of patients with mental disorder under the department of psychiatry funded by ICMR.


Genetic Markers: Vulnerability to common neuropsychiatric diseases under the department of neurochemistry funded by ICMR.



Dr. R.K. Chadda was declared winner of Dr. Vimla Virmani Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) for the year 2000-2001.


Dr. R.K. Chadda was awarded the Balint Award of The Indian Association for Social Psychiatry for the year 2001.


Dr. Sangeeta Sharma was elected as a Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences in the year 2001.



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