n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Prevalence and risk factors for psychiatric morbidity among tertiary hospital consultants in Nigeria
|Article Title||Prevalence and risk factors for psychiatric morbidity among tertiary hospital consultants in Nigeria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Author||A.D. Yussuf, O.R. Balogun and S.A. Kuranga|
|Publication Date||Jun 2006|
|Pages||26 - 36|
|Keyword(s)||Hospital consultants, Mental health, Nigeria, Prevalence, Psychiatric morbidity, Risk factors, Socio-demographic characteristics and Work characteristics|
ISI Social Science
<I>Objective.</I> To determine the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among consultants in a tertiary health care institution in Ilorin, Nigeria, and the sociodemographic and work characteristics that may be associated with poor mental health. <br><I>Method.</I> This was a cross-sectional study involving use of the 30-item general health questionnaire (GHQ-30) and a questionnaire on sociodemographic/work-related factors. <br><I>Data source.</I> Consultants in the employ of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. <br><I>Data analysis.</I> Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 11.0 (SPSS 11.0). Frequency distribution, cross tabulation, and chi-square analysis were obtained, with level of significance set at 5%. <br><I>Result.</I> Fifty-four consultants responded satisfactorily to the questionnaires (response rate 69.2%); 10 (18.5%) scored 4 and above on the GHQ-30 (i.e GHQ-positive) and were therefore considered to have psychiatric morbidity. No socio demographic or work-related factors had any significant association with morbidity. <br><I>Conclusion.</I> Teaching hospital consultants are as likely as any other occupational group to develop psychological morbidity, possibly owing to the role of inherently dominant factors. Regular organisation of stress management workshops/seminars and hospital management-consultant interactive forums is advocated.
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