alexa Depression in Korean immigrants with hepatitis B and related liver diseases.


Journal of Health Education Research & Development

Author(s): Kunkel EJ, Kim JS, Hann HW, Oyesanmi O, Menefee LA,

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Abstract The authors evaluated 50 Korean immigrants who had chronic viral hepatitis or who were healthy carriers for the hepatitis B virus in terms of the relationships between their depression scores, psychosocial stressors, social support, and biological markers of dysfunction. All participants completed a questionnaire, describing their worries and concerns, and the shortform of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-sf). Hepatic transaminases, albumin levels, and prothrombin times were measured during routine clinic follow-up visits and were abstracted from the medical record. Values recorded within 3 months before and within 3 months after the psychiatric interview were correlated with BDI scores. BDI-sf total scores were significantly associated with transaminase elevations (P<0.001) both before and after BDI-sf administration. BDI scores were not associated with other measures of liver dysfunction or other medical causes of depression. Patients with higher BDI-sf total scores had more psychosocial stressors (P = 0.008) and lower Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scores (P = 0.000).
This article was published in Psychosomatics and referenced in Journal of Health Education Research & Development

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