Completed Research Projects

COMRAID-R Study

Longitudinal data are lacking on mental health trajectories following conflict resolution and return migration. COMRAID-R is a follow-up study of Muslims displaced by conflict from Northern Sri Lanka 20 years ago who are now beginning to return. Of 450 participants in displacement interviewed in 2011, 338 (75.1%) were re-interviewed a year later, and a supplementary…

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Impact of Spouse Migration Study on Left Behind Families

This project was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to the Institute for Research and Development with funding from the International Organisation for Migration. The Ministry of Health and the International Organization of Migration took the initiative to develop an evidence based migration health policy in Sri Lanka. Institute for Research and development carried out…

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COMRAID Study

Evidence is lacking on the mental health issues of internally displaced persons, particularly where displacement is prolonged. The COMRAID study was carried out in year 2011 as a comprehensive evaluation of Muslims in North – Western Sri Lanka who had been displaced since 1990 due to conflict, to investigate the prevalence and correlates of common mental disorders.…

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INDIGO Depression Study

This study was based on the previously conducted global ASPEN – Anti Stigma Programme European Network-Schizophrenia study carried out in 27 countries of which the results were published in the scientific journal The Lancet in January 2009. The second phase of the study started in year 2010, conducted at 39 sites around the world and Institute…

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A Qualitative study of psychosocial consequences and coping strategies among Tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka

Natural disasters cause immense suffering among affected communities. Most occur in developing countries, which have fewer resources to respond to the resulting traumas and difficulties. As a consequence, most survivors have to rely on their own coping resources and draw from what support remains within family, social networks and the wider community to manage and…

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National Mental Health Survey

This study was Sri Lanka’s first ever island wide comprehensive mental health survey. It was carried out by the Institute for Research & Development in 2007, commissioned by the Directorate of Mental Health, and funded by the Sri Lanka Health Sector Development Project of the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition. The survey was divided into…

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CoTaSS Study

A population-based twin register was established in the Colombo district of Sri Lanka using infrastructure designed to periodically update the electoral register. We invited a subsample from this register to participate in the project on common mental disorders, using random ascertainment. A separate non-twin sample was randomly selected from the geographical areas where twins were…

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Suicidal Ideations Study

Suicidal ideation can often lead to suicide attempts and completed suicide. Studies have shown that Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world but so far no studies have looked at prevalence of suicidal ideation in a general population in Sri Lanka. We wanted to determine the prevalence of suicidal…

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Medically Unexplained Symptoms Study

Research on the management and the outcome of treatment of medically unexplained symptoms is very limited. Development of simple but effective techniques for treatment and demonstration of their effectiveness when applied in primary health care are needed. A randomized controlled trial was carried out with follow-up assessments at 3 months after baseline assessments using the…

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