The Prevalence of Depressive Disorders Among Adult Patients Attending Primary Care Clinics
Jammy Suzana A.A., and Norlaili M.T., and Sherina M.S., (2005) The Prevalence of Depressive Disorders Among Adult Patients Attending Primary Care Clinics. Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, 13 (2). pp. 25-29. ISSN 0128-8628
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Family Medicine
University Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dept. of Community Health
Depressive disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of depressive disorders .(major depression and dysthymia) among adult patients attending primary care clinics. A cross sectional study was conducted in 3 primary care clinics in Pulau Pinang from 1" May 2002 to 31" July 2002. All respondents were interviewed by the principal author using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), a diagnostic scale for major depression and dysthymia. Out of 357 patients interviewed (response rate 98.0%), 7.0% (n=25) were found to have depressive disorders, with 5.6% (n=20) diagnosed as major depression and 1.4% (n=5) diagnosed as dysthymia. Depressive disorders were found to be significantly associated with ethnicity and education level. The findings of this study show that major depressions and dysthymia are not uncommon disorders in primary care clinics. It is important for primary care doctors to be aware of these disorders when treating patients at their clinics.
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