n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Prevalence and risk factors for psychiatric morbidity among tertiary hospital consultants in Nigeria

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



&lt;I&gt;Objective.&lt;/I&gt; 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. &lt;br&gt;&lt;I&gt;Method.&lt;/I&gt; 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.&lt;/I&gt; Consultants in the employ of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. <br><I>Data analysis.&lt;/I&gt; 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%. &lt;br&gt;&lt;I&gt;Result.&lt;/I&gt; 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. &lt;br&gt;&lt;I&gt;Conclusion.&lt;/I&gt; 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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