Research for a Better Tomorrow

Medical research is conducted to aid and support the body of knowledge in the field of medicine. IQRAA is promoting the use and conduct of research in clinical practice. It is an essential component for ensuring best treatment practices. IQRAA aims at setting highest standards for clinical research as an integral part of service. We offer expertise and infrastructure support to several research projects to bring about breakthroughs in the field of medicine.Department of Psychiatry, Diabetology, Nephrology etc., are doing active research programmes in order to accomplish our mission of providing high-quality, low-cost treatment to the whole community and especially the underprivileged patients.

Ongoing Research Programmes

  • Efficacy of Paliperidone in the prophylaxis of bipolar affective disorder.
  • Efficacy of Aripiprazole in children and adolescents with schizophrenia.
  • Prevalence of sexual dysfunctions in patients getting psychiatric treatment with medical treatment.
  • Melatonin in schizophrenia patients with insomnia – A double blind placebo controlled study
  • Anthropometric and metabolic control among Type 2 Diabetic patients first attending a tertiary care setting in Suburban Kerala
  • A study to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of sitagliptin in middle-aged diabetics on OHA and off target HbA1c.


  1. Gopinathan JC, Hafeeq B, Aziz F, Narayanan S, Aboobacker IN, Uvais N A. The Preva- lence of Frailty and its Association with Cognitive Dysfunction among Elderly Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Cross-Sectional Study from South India. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2020;31:767-74.
  2. Moideen S, Uvais NA, Rajagopal S, et al. COVID-19–related stigma among inpatients with COVID-19 infection: a cross-sectional study from India. Prim Care Companion CNS Dis- ord. 2021;23(1):20br02853.
  3. Hafeeq B, Aziz F, Narayanan S, Aboobacker IN, Gopinathan JC, Narayanan R, Binu JJ, Uvais N A. ABO-incompatible transplantation without conventional induction immunosup- pression (IL-2RB or depleting agents). Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2020;31:572-81.
  4. Afra T P, Uvais N A, Bishnoi A, Sukesh E, Eliyas S, Bishurul Hafi N A, Razmi T M. Knowledge on hydroxychloroquine prescription and attitude toward its use in COVID-19 – A survey-based study among doctors. Indian J Rheumatol [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2020 Oct 14]. Available from:
  5. Arivazhagan K, Sharma S, Dubey I, Sreeraj VS, Uvais N A. Perceived Stigma Towards Psychiatric Illnesses in Mental Health Trainees: A Cross-Sectional J. Psychosoc. Re- habil. Ment. Health 7, 169–174 (2020).
  6. Uvais NA. The risks of prescribing hyodroxychloroquine in COVID-19–infected patients with schizophrenia. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2020;22(3):20com02635.
  7. Hafi NAB, Jafferany M, Afra TP, Muhammed Razmi T, Uvais NA. “Masked” empathy- a post-pandemic reality: Psychodermatological perspective. Dermatologic 2020 May:e13649. DOI: 10.1111/dth.13649.    Letter
  8. Hafi NAB, Uvais NA, Jafferany M, Afra TP, Muhammed Razmi Can COVID 19 virus be transmitted through sex? Dermatologic Therapy. 2020 May: -Letter
  9. Hafi NAB, Uvais NA, Jafferany M, Afra TP, Muhammed Razmi Impact of Covid 19 pandemic on obsessive compulsive and related disorder patients – Psychodermatological perspectives. Der- matologic Therapy. 2020 May: – Letter
  10. Hafi NAB, Uvais NA, Jafferany M, Afra TP, Muhammed Razmi Palliative psychodermatology care during COVID-19 pandemic. Dermatologic Therapy. 2020 May: 13732.  -Letter
  11. Uvais NA. Anxiety in secondary school students in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 2018–2019. J Fam Community Med 2020;27:142.
  12. Hafi B, Uvais NA, Razmi MT, Afra TP, Silah KS. The unfolding public health crisis of transitional homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic in India: A psychodermatologic perspective. Our Dermatol Online. 2020;11(Supp. 2):24-25. – Letter
  13. Uvais NA, Rasmina Physician Deaths in India During COVID-19 Pandemic, Occupational Medicine, , kqaa159, – Letter
  14. Rasmina V, Uvais NA. The role of dentists in nicotine replacement J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:5824-5. – Letter
  15. Uvais N A. Mental Healthcare Delivery during Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. World Soc Psychiatry 2020;2:232. – Letter
  16. Uvais NA. Suicide of doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021;23(1):20com02867. – Letter/Commentary
  17. Uvais NA, Nalakath MJ, Shihabudheen P, Hafi NB, Rasmina V, Salman CA. Psychological distress during COVID-19 among malayalam-speaking indian expats in the middle east. Indi- an J Public Health 2020;64:S249-50. – Letter
  18. Hafi B, Uvais NA, Tp A, Razmi T M, Jafferany M, Abdul Latheef EN. Hair transplantation, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Patients’ Attitude: A Survey-Based Study from South India [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 2]. Dermatol 2020;10.1111/dth.13945. doi: 10.1111/dth.13945. – Letter
  19. Uvais NA. Interests in quitting smoking and alcohol during COVID-19 pandemic in India: A Google Trends Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2020;10.1111/pcn.13118. Published 2020 Jul 19. doi:10.1111/pcn.13118.
  20. Uvais NA, Aziz F, Hafeeq B. COVID-19-related stigma and perceived stress among dialysis staff. J Nephrol 2020. – social media survey
  21. Uvais NA, Rasmina Analysis of psychiatry-related search engine trends during the COVID- 19 pandemic in India. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(0):20com02756.
  22. Uvais NA, Sreeraj VS. Clozapine prescribing pattern in a 10-year-old community psychiatry clinic in South India. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2020;36:262-3.- Letter
  23. Uvais NA. Association Between the COVID-19 Outbreak and Mental Health in India: A Google Trends Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020 Nov 5;22(6):20br02778. doi: 10.4088/PCC.20br02778. PMID: 33166099.
  24. Uvais NA. Interests in yoga during the COVID-19 pandemic in India: A google trends Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2021;37:127-8.
  25. Uvais NA. “Coronaphobia” Among Undergraduate Students: A Pilot Survey Asia Pac J Public Health. 2021 Apr 8:10105395211007645. doi: 10.1177/10105395211007645. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33829889.
  26. Uvais NA, Rakhesh SV, Afra TP, et al. Comorbid psoriasis-bipolar disorder successfully treat- ed with apremilast: much more than  a mere  coincidence? General Psychiatry 2020;33:e100181. doi:10.1136/ gpsych-2019-100181.- Case report
  27. Uvais NA. Mania precipitated by COVID-19 pandemic–related stress. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(00):20l02641. – Case report
  28. Uvais NA. Psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among the elderly: a case series from India. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(4):20com02675.
  29. Uvais NA, Mitra S. “I Do not know them” – Capgras syndrome associated with porencephaly and agenesis of the Splenium. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 2020;54:102289.- Letter
  30. Uvais NA, Mohammed Aripiprazole-induced urinary incontinence. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(5):19l02561.- Case report
  31. Kumar PNS, Azeez LA, Gopalakrishnan A, Uvais NA. Aripiprazole induced leucopenia and neutropenia – case series [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 18]. Psychiatry Res. 2020;293:113408. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113408.
  32. Hafi B, Uvais NA, Latheef EN, Razmi MT, Afra TP, Aysha Venereophobia – a cognitive deception? Case reports with literature review. Our Dermatol Online. 2020;11(e):e138.1- e138.5 .
  33. Hafi B, Uvais NA, Jafferany M, Razmi T M, Tp A, Ameerali AM. Management of a case of Pemphigus Foliaceus in a Paraplegic man with Palliative Dermatology principles during COVID-19 pandemic. Dermatol 2020 Nov 20. doi: 10.1111/dth.14564. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33216403. – case report
  34. Uvais NA. COVID-19–associated panic disorder. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021;23(1):20l02826.- case report
  35. Uvais NA, Mohammed Sertraline – Associated acute urinary retention in a patient with benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Integr Nephrol Androl 2019;6:6-7. – Case report
  36. Hafi B, Uvais NA, Rabeeh V, et al. Delayed ejaculation in a man and premature orgasm in a woman: 2 cases with a common suspect. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021;23(2): 20l02746. – case study
  37. Hafi B, Abdul Latheef EN, Uvais NA, et al. Awareness of Psychodermatology in Indian Dermatologists: A South Indian Perspective [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 17]. Dermatol 2020;e14024. doi:10.1111/dth.14024
  1. Uvais NA, Shihabudheen P, Bishurul Hafi NA. Perceived stress and stigma among doctors working in COVID-19–designated hospitals in India. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(4):20br02724. – Brief Report
  2. Thoyyib M, Moideen S, Uvais NA. Pulmonary parenchymal involvement: A rare manifesta- tion of adult scrub The Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.310869- Case report
  3. Uvais NA, Latheef ENA, Hafi B, Jafferany M, Razmi MT, Afra Depression Literacy Among Dermatologists: An Online Survey Study in India. Prim Care Companion CNS Dis- ord. 2020 Nov 19;22(6):20m02608. doi: 10.4088/PCC.20m02608. PMID: 33217228.
  4. Uvais NA. Use of face masks among patients with psychiatric illnesses during the COVID- 19 pandemic: a hospital-based cross-sectional Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020;22(6):20br02789.- Brief Report
  5. Hafi, B., Uvais, N.A.,Rabeeh, , Arjun, P.C., Tonjam, R., Arafat, S.M.Y.(2020). Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on sexual minorities: A pilot survey study in India. IndianJournal of Health, Sexuality & Culture, 6(2), 60-65.
  6. Uvais NA, Nalakath MJ, Shihabudheen P, Hafi NAB, Salman CA. Depression, Anxiety, and Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Indian Expats in the Middle East: A Sur- vey Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Jan 21;23(1):20m02761. doi: 10.4088/ PCC.20m02761. PMID: 33480484.
  7. Uvais NA, Nalakath MJ, Jose K. Facing COVID-19: psychological impacts on hospital staff in a tertiary care private hospital in India. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021;23(2): 20m02843.
  8. Uvais NA, Moideen S, Hafi NAB, Rajagopal S, et al. Insomnia among Active Patients with COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Chronobiol Med. 2021;3(1):31-34. Published online March 30, 2021.DOI:


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