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oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The frequency of mental disorders in the outpatients of two Nyanza hospitals

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176

 

Abstract

The authors screened two hundred randomly selected patients at two Nyanza hospitals by using validated version of the Self Reporting QuestionnaIre (SRQ), and Standardized Psychiatric Interview (SPI). The study shows that nearly a third of outpatients had psychiatric morbidity (PM) but many of these patients had been receiving only symptomatic treatment. The results show that psychoneurosis is the most frequent diagnosis (61%) among psychiatric patients, sex has no correlation with illness and these patients had a longer duration of symptoms as compared with non psychiatric patients. A profile of depression emerging from this work should alert the clinical staff, and help them to treat these cases locally thus saving time and money.

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1983-02-01
2019-08-25

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