Athula Sumathipala

Summary

Affiliation: King's College London
Country: UK

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Establishing a twin register in Sri Lanka
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology and General Practice, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, UK
    Twin Res 3:202-4. 2000
  2. pmc Cognitive-behavioural therapy v. structured care for medically unexplained symptoms: randomised controlled trial
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 193:51-9. 2008
  3. pmc Understanding the explanatory model of the patient on their medically unexplained symptoms and its implication on treatment development research: a Sri Lanka Study
    Athula Sumathipala
    Department of Health Services and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Psychiatry 8:54. 2008
  4. pmc Informed consent in Sri Lanka: a survey among ethics committee members
    Athula Sumathipala
    Kings College, University of London, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Med Ethics 9:10. 2008
  5. pmc Ethics Review Committee approval and informed consent: an analysis of biomedical publications originating from Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry, Health Services and Population Research Department, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Med Ethics 9:3. 2008
  6. ncbi request reprint What is the evidence for the efficacy of treatments for somatoform disorders? A critical review of previous intervention studies
    Athula Sumathipala
    Department of Health Services Research, Kings College, University of London, London, UK
    Psychosom Med 69:889-900. 2007
  7. ncbi request reprint Management of dead bodies as a component of psychosocial interventions after the tsunami: a view from Sri Lanka
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Int Rev Psychiatry 18:249-57. 2006
  8. ncbi request reprint Sri Lankan Twin Registry
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, Essex, UK
    Twin Res 5:424-6. 2002
  9. ncbi request reprint Challenges in recruiting older twins for the Sri Lankan twin registry
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, UK
    Twin Res 6:67-71. 2003
  10. ncbi request reprint Capacity building through multi-disciplinary research: a report from Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, University of London, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 183:457-8. 2003

Detail Information

Publications31

  1. ncbi request reprint Establishing a twin register in Sri Lanka
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology and General Practice, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, UK
    Twin Res 3:202-4. 2000
    ..Establishing a twin register for research purposes has proved possible in a developing country...
  2. pmc Cognitive-behavioural therapy v. structured care for medically unexplained symptoms: randomised controlled trial
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 193:51-9. 2008
    ..A pilot trial in Sri Lanka among patients with medically unexplained symptoms revealed that cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) administered by a psychiatrist was efficacious...
  3. pmc Understanding the explanatory model of the patient on their medically unexplained symptoms and its implication on treatment development research: a Sri Lanka Study
    Athula Sumathipala
    Department of Health Services and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Psychiatry 8:54. 2008
    ..Our aim was to elicit the illness perceptions of patients with MUS in Sri Lankan primary care to modify and improve a CBT intervention...
  4. pmc Informed consent in Sri Lanka: a survey among ethics committee members
    Athula Sumathipala
    Kings College, University of London, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Med Ethics 9:10. 2008
    ..Aim of this study was to identify opinions and views of the members serving in ethical review and ethics committees in Sri Lanka on informed consent, essential components in the information leaflet and the consent form...
  5. pmc Ethics Review Committee approval and informed consent: an analysis of biomedical publications originating from Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry, Health Services and Population Research Department, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Med Ethics 9:3. 2008
    ..This study aimed to determine to what extent ERC approval and informed consent procedures are documented in locally and internationally published human subject research carried out in Sri Lanka...
  6. ncbi request reprint What is the evidence for the efficacy of treatments for somatoform disorders? A critical review of previous intervention studies
    Athula Sumathipala
    Department of Health Services Research, Kings College, University of London, London, UK
    Psychosom Med 69:889-900. 2007
    ..To review published literature for the highest level of evidence on the efficacy of treatment for patients with medically unexplained symptoms...
  7. ncbi request reprint Management of dead bodies as a component of psychosocial interventions after the tsunami: a view from Sri Lanka
    A Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Int Rev Psychiatry 18:249-57. 2006
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  8. ncbi request reprint Sri Lankan Twin Registry
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, Essex, UK
    Twin Res 5:424-6. 2002
    ..Our vision is to establish a multidisciplinary research foundation. Based on our research findings, we plan to build services to cater to needs of twins by working with professionals, statutory services and government policy makers...
  9. ncbi request reprint Challenges in recruiting older twins for the Sri Lankan twin registry
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, UK
    Twin Res 6:67-71. 2003
    ..Migration, urbanization and development in the country might have affected tracing older twins from the birth record addresses, which were decades old...
  10. ncbi request reprint Capacity building through multi-disciplinary research: a report from Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, University of London, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 183:457-8. 2003
  11. ncbi request reprint Qualitative research
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London, Denmark Hill London, SE5 8AF, UK
    Ceylon Med J 48:136-9. 2003
  12. ncbi request reprint Do patients volunteer their life weariness and suicidal ideations? A Sri Lankan study
    Athula Sumathipala
    Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
    Crisis 25:103-7. 2004
    ..This study examined whether patients harboring suicidal thoughts or life weariness would volunteer them. It also examined the relationship between life weariness, suicidal ideations, and the probability of underlying CMD...
  13. pmc Under-representation of developing countries in the research literature: ethical issues arising from a survey of five leading medical journals
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London SE5 8AF UK
    BMC Med Ethics 5:E5. 2004
    ..It is widely acknowledged that there is a global divide on health care and health research known as the 10/90 divide...
  14. pmc Aetiology of fatigue in Sri Lanka and its overlap with depression
    Harriet A Ball
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
    Br J Psychiatry 197:106-13. 2010
    ..Fatigue is a common symptom in Western high-income countries but is often medically unexplained and little is known about its presentation in other populations...
  15. pmc Epidemiology and symptomatology of depression in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional population-based survey in Colombo District
    Harriet A Ball
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF, UK
    J Affect Disord 123:188-96. 2010
    ..This study aimed to examine the characteristic features of depression in Sri Lanka, and to identify environmental risk factors...
  16. pmc Environmental exposures and their genetic or environmental contribution to depression and fatigue: a twin study in Sri Lanka
    Harriet A Ball
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    BMC Psychiatry 10:13. 2010
    ..These may be best explored in regions with diverse environmental exposures. The current study aimed to explore similarities and differences in such risks contributing to depression and fatigue...
  17. pmc Genetic and environmental contributions to the overlap between psychological, fatigue and somatic symptoms: a twin study in Sri Lanka
    Harriet A Ball
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, United Kingdom
    Twin Res Hum Genet 14:53-63. 2011
    ..Some aspects of this overlap differ in the South Asian context, but it is not clear whether this is a reporting effect or an underlying difference in experienced illness...
  18. doi request reprint Reducing the scarcity in mental health research from low and middle income countries: a success story from Sri Lanka
    Chesmal Siriwardhana
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Int Rev Psychiatry 23:77-83. 2011
    ..International funding agencies, academics, and other bodies need to address sustaining such initiatives as priorities in reducing scarcity and inequity in mental health research in developing countries...
  19. ncbi request reprint Revisiting "freely given informed consent" in relation to the developing world: role of an ombudsman
    Athula Sumathipala
    Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom
    Am J Bioeth 4:W1-7. 2004
    ..Establishment of Sri Lankan Twin Registry demanded development of ethical guidelines, as an effective ethical framework was not available in Sri Lanka...
  20. pmc Ethical challenges in mental health research among internally displaced people: ethical theory and research implementation
    Chesmal Siriwardhana
    Health Services and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK
    BMC Med Ethics 14:13. 2013
    ..The concept of post-research ethical conduct audit is suggested to be considered as a potential step to minimize the exploitation of vulnerable populations such as IDPs in mental health research...
  21. doi request reprint Genetic and environmental etiology of nicotine use in Sri Lankan male twins
    Helena M S Zavos
    Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, SE5 8AF, UK
    Behav Genet 42:798-807. 2012
    ..The results derived from the Causal Contingent Common pathway model (CCC) supported previous findings that show that liabilities to regular smoking and subsequent problem smoking have both shared and specific genetic influences...
  22. pmc Prolonged internal displacement and common mental disorders in Sri Lanka: the COMRAID study
    Chesmal Siriwardhana
    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 8:e64742. 2013
    ....
  23. ncbi request reprint Research and clinical ethics after the tsunami: Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Lancet 366:1418-20. 2005
  24. ncbi request reprint Impact of exposure to conflict, tsunami and mental disorders on school absenteeism: findings from a national sample of Sri Lankan children aged 12-17 years
    Chesmal Siriwardhana
    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    BMC Public Health 13:560. 2013
    ..This study investigated associations between conflict and/or tsunami exposure in Sri Lanka and their associations with absenteeism in a national sample of school children...
  25. pmc Understanding of research: a Sri Lankan perspective
    Athula Sumathipala
    Institute for Research and Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    BMC Med Ethics 11:7. 2010
    ..As a part of a larger study on ethics and informed consent in Sri Lanka, this study aimed to ascertain the level of understanding of 'research' by exploring the views of the public and professionals...
  26. ncbi request reprint Bioethics in Sri Lanka
    Athula Sumathipala
    Forum for Research and Development, Columbo, Sri Lanka
    East Mediterr Health J 12:S73-9. 2006
    ..We aim to raise awareness in the scientific community and the general public on ethical, legal and social principles guiding the responsible conduct of research...
  27. doi request reprint An intervention to improve mental health care for conflict-affected forced migrants in low-resource primary care settings: a WHO MhGAP-based pilot study in Sri Lanka (COM-GAP study)
    Chesmal Siriwardhana
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF, UK
    Trials 14:423. 2013
    ....
  28. pmc Genetic and environmental contributions to depression in Sri Lanka
    Harriet A Ball
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 195:504-9. 2009
    ..Susceptibility to depression results from genetic and non-familially shared environmental influences in high-income, Western countries. Environments may play a different role for populations in different contexts...
  29. ncbi request reprint Update from Sri Lankan Twin Registry: establishment of a population-based twin register and ongoing project on common mental disorders, alcohol abuse and suicidal ideations
    Sisira Hemananda Siribaddana
    Sri Lanka Twin Registry, Institute of Research and Development, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
    Twin Res Hum Genet 9:868-74. 2006
    ..After incorporating twins and multiples from various other feasibility studies we now have 19,040 multiples with 8.46 twins per 1000 people in the Colombo district...
  30. pmc Colombo Twin and Singleton Study (CoTASS): a description of a population based twin study of mental disorders in Sri Lanka
    Sisira H Siribaddana
    Sri Lanka Twin Registry, Institute of Research and Development, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
    BMC Psychiatry 8:49. 2008
    ..This paper presents the rationale for the study, describes its context, and the methods for twin ascertainment and data collection...
  31. doi request reprint Completed suicide among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka: a psychological autopsy study
    Sudath Samaraweera
    Community Medicine, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 38:221-8. 2008
    ..We found it possible to use psychological autopsy methods to obtain information which can inform planned prevention measures...