The divine status of the discipline of medicine is basically due to its role and response in times of emergencies. It holds true for all sub-disciplines including psychiatry.
Effective emergency management of disruptive-aggressive, catatonic, mute, or suicidal patients looks like a miracle even to ‘not so lay’ people. But we know there is nothing like a miracle.
All such miracles are products of knowledge, training, research, and continuous professional development programs.
We must feel grateful and proud for the contributions of the Indian Psychiatric Society in this regard and we must appreciate the tireless efforts of one of the major contributors, the sub-committee for Clinical Practice Guidelines which every year gives an updated document for use in our day-to-day practice.
I express my gratitude to all the authors for devoting time and hard work to serve the academic needs of members and also interested non-members. My office expresses its sincerest thanks to the Clinical Practice Guidelines Subcommittee led by Dr. Shiv Gautam, Dr. Jahnvi Kedare, Dr. Sandeep Grover, and Dr. Siddharth Sarkar for conceptualizing, leading, and helping the authors in preparing the final draft. Like previous ones, this edition of Clinical Practice Guidelines is also being published as a supplement to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. We must express our gratitude to our Hony Editor Dr. Omprakash Singh for sparing time to give the final editorial touch.
I am sure, this edition of CPG will help us in practicing evidence and experience-based emergency psychiatry.
Vice President cum President-Elect
Dr. Vinay Kumar
Vice President: Indian Psychiatric Society
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