Mental health problems in primary care settings have received wider attention in recent years (Wilkinson, 1985). In India, the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) was formulated with the purpose of promoting mental health care through primary health care (National Mental Health Programme, 1982). As part of the implementation of NMHP, training programmes for medical officers and health workers have been initiated in a number of centres in the country (National Mental Health Programme for India, Progress Report, 1988). At the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, a monthly training programme for doctors and health workers of primary health centres has been carried out since 1982. In order to evaluate the gain in knowledge and clinical skills, a multiple-choice questionnaire and case vignettes have been standardised (Sriram et al, in press). The doctors are also evaluated through a structured clinical examination which is carried out on the last training day. The focus of the present report is to evaluate the clinical skills of medical officers using the structured clinical examination.
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