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Mental health research trends in Sri Lanka

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SS Williams ,

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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SN Hewage,

Medical Education Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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IR Karandawala

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, LK
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Abstract

Objective To review the number of research publications in the field of mental health in Sri Lanka from 1900 to 2009.

Methods A search of all publications in psychiatry and mental health from Sri Lanka was conducted using Pubmed, all medical journals published in Sri Lanka and researchers. The identified papers were reviewed for their content and categorised as research in psychiatry and mental health, based on strict inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Results A total of 207 papers were identified. The first mental health research publication from Sri Lanka is in 1964. The last decade (2000-2009) accounted for 62% of the publications with the majority of the papers being published in indexed journals. The Ceylon Medical Journal carried the most number of papers and the topic on which most of the research was conducted was suicide and deliberate self harm.

Conclusions There is an increasing trend towards research in to psychiatry and mental health in Sri Lanka.

(Index words: psychiatric research; research activities; statistics; bibliometrics)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3111

Ceylon Medical Journal 2011; 56: 61-65

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3111
How to Cite: Williams, S., Hewage, S. and Karandawala, I., 2011. Mental health research trends in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal, 56(2), pp.61–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3111
Published on 21 Jun 2011.
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