Urvita Bhatia

Urvita Bhatia
Sangath · Addictions Research Group

BA MSc (Clinical Psychology) MSc (Global Mental Health)

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Introduction
I have been working in India in a mental health research NGO called Sangath, and have focused my efforts on interventional research over the past decade. My research and clinical interests span community-based prevention and treatment approaches for substance use-related problems, and the development and evaluation of such interventions. I am also interested in culturally appropriate treatments for gender-based violence and mental health.
Additional affiliations
April 2018 - present
Sangath
Position
  • Researcher
November 2016 - October 2018
Sangath
Position
  • Fellow
January 2016 - October 2016
Sangath
Position
  • Project Manager
Education
January 2019 - January 2023
September 2014 - October 2015
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Field of study
  • Global Mental Health

Publications

Publications (22)
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Objective To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile-based brief intervention (BI), generate preliminary estimates of the impact of the BI and fine-tune the procedures for a definitive randomised controlled trial. Design Parallel three-arm single-blind individually randomised controlled pilot trial. Eligible and consenting participa...
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Background Tele-psychiatry is an increasingly acceptable and feasible platform to deliver mental health care with the potential to increase access to care in low-resource settings. We aim to examine the acceptability and preliminary impact of the delivery of assisted tele-psychiatry services in primary healthcare settings in Goa, India. Methods Be...
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Background Alcohol use is typically established during adolescence and initiation of use at a young age poses risks for short- and long-term health and social outcomes. However, there is limited understanding of the onset, progression and impact of alcohol use among adolescents in India. The aim of this review is to synthesise the evidence about pr...
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Only around 50-75% of individuals fully understand the various aspects of informed consent in research. The aim of our study was to examine whether supplementing the conventional paper-based informed consent process with an audiovisual aid improves participants' understanding of the informed consent process and the information conveyed to them. Par...
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A significant treatment gap exists for mental illnesses across the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Task-sharing, a potentially scalable strategy to bridge the treatment gap, has been shown to be feasible and effective for the treatment of a range of mental illnesses. However, there is a lack of research examining la...
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Purpose Despite the World Health Organization and United Nations recognising violence, abuse and mental health as public health priorities, their intersection is under-studied in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). International violence, abuse and mental health network (iVAMHN) members recognised the need to identify barriers and priorities...
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Hazardous drinking (HD) is a major public health problem in India. However, healthcare access is limited by the shortage of healthcare professionals. Extensive global evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of technology-delivered BIs in reducing alcohol consumption. Our study aims to increase healthcare access for HD, by designing a contextually-a...
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Despite the increasing burden of alcohol dependence, treatment resources in low- and middle-income countries such as India, are concentrated in poorly accessible tertiary care facilities. The aim of our study was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of lay health worker delivered home-based packages of care for alcohol dependence. We conduc...
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Introduction: The World Health Organization's (WHO) Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is used extensively across the world, with cut-off scores recommended by the WHO. We reviewed the use and validity of AUDIT cut-off scores in low- and middle-income countries as cultural contexts are expected to influence the detection of alcohol...
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Background: There is a significant evidence gap on gambling in India, where gambling is viewed predominantly through the legal lens. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence, patterns, and correlates of gambling. Methods: Cross-sectional data from the follow-up assessment in a cohort (n = 1514 men) from India. The following data were...
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The entire range of addictions is increasingly being acknowledged as an area of public health concern. Substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are associated with a range of adverse health, lifestyle, social, and economic outcomes. Despite the availability of evidence-based interventions, low-resource settings are ridden with challenges o...
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Introduction The aim of this review is to provide the first consolidation of the policy environment surrounding alcohol-related societal harm in India giving researchers and policy-makers a clearer base for future reforms. This review is also an important adaptation on the scoping review method for policy reviews in low-resource settings that may s...
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Introduction: Despite the large burden of a relative's drinking on their family members, the latter's perspectives and experiences are largely neglected. The aims of this article are to assess the coping strategies used by affected family members (AFMs) in Goa, India, and to examine the nature of the support they have for dealing with their drinki...
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Aims: To explore the effect of the relatives’ drinking on their family members, and the preliminary impact of the 5-step method intervention on the adverse effect of the relatives’ drinking on their family members. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with eligible Affected Family Members (AFMs) (n = 30) to understand the effect of the relat...
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Quantitative evidence about the burden of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) needs to be complemented with a nuanced qualitative understanding of explanatory models to help supplement public health strategies that are too often steeped uncritically in biomedical models. The aim of this study was to identify the role of various factors in the onset and pe...
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Aim: To review the literature on psychosocial interventions for addiction affected family members in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Methods: A systematic review with a detailed search strategy focussing on psychosocial interventions directed towards people affected by addiction without any gender, year or language specifications was con...
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Despite the potential advantages of community detoxification for alcohol dependence, in many countries the available resources are mostly focused on specialist services that are resource-intensive, and often difficult to access because of financial or geographical factors. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesise the existing literature a...
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Background: Substance use disorders among the elderly are a growing public health concern but there is a limited evidence base on interventions designed specifically for this population group. This review aims to update the review by Moy et al., 2011, by examining recent advances in the treatment of substance use disorders in the elderly. Methods:...
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The aim of this Review is to identify eff ective interventions and treatment guidelines to manage common types of psychiatric emergencies in non-specialist settings in low-income and middle-income countries. Mental health specialist services in low-income and middle-income countries are scarce. We did a systematic review of interventions for psychi...

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