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Table 2 Responses to attitude statements (n = 46)

From: Knowledge and attitudes of doctors regarding the provision of mental health care in Doddaballapur Taluk, Bangalore Rural district, Karnataka

  Agree Uncertain Disagree
% (n) % (n) % (n)
Attitudes regarding mental health service provision
Medications usually produce a satisfactory result in patients with mental health problems 93.5 (43) 2.2 (1) 4.3 (2)
Mental health problems are common in the community. 87.0 (40) 6.5 (3) 6.5 (3)
The number of patients I see presenting with signs and symptoms of mental health problems is increasing. 82.6 (38) 6.5 (3) 10.9 (5)
The majority of mental health problems that I see originate from patients’ recent misfortunes 52.2 (24) 23.9 (11) 23.9 (11)
An underlying biochemical abnormality is at the basis of severe mental health problems 50.0 (23) 39.1 (18) 10.9 (5)
Medication is more beneficial than counselling for patients with mental health problems 43.5 (20) 15.2 (7) 41.3 (19)
Mental health problems can improve if nothing is done to treat them 19.6 (9) 0.0 (0) 80.4 (37)
Negative attitudes statements    
Mental Health problems are a sign of personal weakness 58.7 (27) 17.4 (8) 23.9 (11)
Working with patients with mental health problems is difficult 52.2 (24) 2.2 (1) 45.7 (21)
PHC doctors have little to offer patients with mental health problems 50.0 (23) 4.3 (2) 45.7 (21)
Counselling for mental health problems should be left to a specialist 34.8 (16) 8.7 (4) 56.5 (26)
Counselling tends to be unsuccessful in patients with mental health problems 17.4 (8) 17.4 (8) 65.2 (30)