Project title: Integrating social and health care for improved management of health conditions in India: International Social Work Paradigm.

Funded by British Council and University Grants Commission

Principal investigators:

Dr Fr Saju M.D, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences

Prof Martin Webber, University of York

This is a 3-year collaborative project between Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and University of York. Other partners of the project are Dr Jacques Joubert and Prof Lynette Joubert- University of Melbourne, Dr Jotheeswaran A Thiyagarajan, Meredith Fendt-Newlyn- World Health Organization, Dr. Jeemon, Assistant Professor, Epidemiologist from Sree Chithira Thirunnal Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum as the Project Advisor, Dr. Neeraja from the Department of Mental Health WHO, Geneva as the Research Advisor ( Mental Health Intervention Development), Dr. K.S. Shaji, Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry (Government Medical College, Thrissur) as the Research Advisor, Dr. Rameela Shekhar, Dean of MSW, Chennai Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru as Research Associate and Prof. Keith Gomez, Associate Director VHS, Chennai as the Mentor.

Project details:

  • develops collaborations between the two institutions and facilitates knowledge exchange between different areas
  • involves the triangulation of the different methods in social work research to understand the chronic health conditions in India
  • conducts systematic reviews on chronic health conditions and its management
  • improves chronic health conditions in India through effective and efficient interventions
  • generates publications on high impact journals

Project duration: 1st April 2017-31st August 2020

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Scoping review: A scoping review was conducted on social factors associated with chronic disease and comorbidity with mental health problems in India. Five databases were searched using strict inclusion and exclusion criteria. Eight articles were identified and relevant findings were extracted.
SWADES Community Survey
Cross-sectional comprehensive one-phase surveys were conducted (between M ay and July 2018) with all residents aged 30 and over in geographically defined catchment areas in Kerala, India. Ethical clearance was obtained from Institutional Review Board, Rajagiri Hospital. The study catchment area was located in semi-rural region of Keezhumadu panchayat in Ernakulam, Kerala, India. The residents had mixed culture and socioeconomic background
Qualitative interview
Qualitative interviews are conducted with doctors, nurses and patients with diabetes and hypertension to identify the barriers and facilitators for treatment adherence in the population.

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