Non-psychiatrists practising psychiatry in India: ethical concerns

Girish Banwari, Madhusudan Singh Solanki

Abstract

The deficit of psychiatrists in India is about 77%, which is a huge gap especially in the context of the enormous burden of psychiatric morbidity. Unfortunately, this gap is being filled by an under-skilled or unskilled workforce. Self-proclaimed/unqualified psychologists, psychotherapists, life coaches, social workers and counsellors are not authorised in their professional capacity to deliver mental healthcare. Similarly, practitioners of alternative medicine and traditional/religious/faith healers are not competent to provide mental health care.

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