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Table 3 Category of first consulted health provider by patients with mental health problems in various Asian countries as reported in two studies and compared to this study’s findings

From: Pathways to care of patients with mental health problems in Bangladesh

Category of provider first consulted Our 2016 Bangladeshi study 2008 Bangladeshi study [16] India [17] Nepal [17] Japan [17] Mongolia [17]
  % of participant provider choices
Psychiatric care provider 27.5 16.0 42.0 2.0 32.0 54.0
Non-psychiatric medical care provider 42.5 44.0 28.0 38.0 64.0 16.0
Traditional/religious healer 25.0 22.0 20.0 14.0 8.0