Study to Compare Anxiety, Depression and Alcohol Use between Manhole Workers and Other Class Four Municipality Workers

Authors

  • Nisheet Patel
  • Spandan Thaker
  • Lakhan Kataria
  • Anup Patel

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i2.2795

Keywords:

Class IV, Manhole workers, Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse

Abstract

Background: Working conditions has serious effect on person’s mental and physical health. Manhole
workers work in very demanding and inhuman environment. Many studies shown prevalence of depression,
anxiety and substance abuse in people involved in manual cleaning work.
Methodology: Total 100 class IV workers from which 50 manhole workers and rest 50 were other class
IV, were studied in a single centric cross-sectional study. The scales used were AUDIT, HAM-A, HAM-D.
Statistical Analysis: Scores obtained were computed using basic descriptive statistics as well as computerized
statistical software.
Results: Compared to other class IV workers, more numbers of manhole workers were having significant
and more severe anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
Conclusions: This study provides insight about mental health of somewhat neglected class of societies.

Author Biographies

Nisheet Patel

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Smt BK Shah Medical Institute & Research Center, Sumandeep
Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara

Spandan Thaker

Consultant Psychiatrist, Mood and Mind Clinic, Ahmedabad

Lakhan Kataria

Professor,
Department of Psychiatry,Smt BK Shah Medical Institute & Research Center, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia,
Vadodara

Anup Patel

Intern, Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhuj

Published

2021-03-12

How to Cite

Nisheet Patel, Spandan Thaker, Lakhan Kataria, & Anup Patel. (2021). Study to Compare Anxiety, Depression and Alcohol Use between Manhole Workers and Other Class Four Municipality Workers. Medico Legal Update, 21(2), 882-891. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i2.2795