alexa Prevalence of mental illness among Saudi adult primary-care patients in Central Saudi Arabia.


Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): AlKhathami AD, Ogbeide DO

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of mental illness morbidity among Saudi adult primary care patients from Al-Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional epidemiological study of the prevalence of mental illness morbidity in a randomly selected sample of 609 Saudi adult patients, aged from 15 years to 65 years who attended Family and Community Medicine Clinic, Armed Forces Hospital, Al-Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from July 2000 to November 2000. The Rahim Anxiety-Depression Scale was used in the evaluation. RESULTS: In this study, 609 Saudi patients were screened. Their mean age standard deviation was 33.72 13.39. Of these, 46.6\% were men and 53.4\% were women. The prevalence of the minor mental illness morbidity was 18.2\%, (30.5\% when the sub-threshold mental illness are included). It was significantly higher in women (22.2\%) than men (13.7\%) with p-value=0.0073. The prevalence rate was high in the younger age group, (p<0.0001). In patients aged 15 years to 29 years it was 23.2\%, and in those aged between 30 years and 44 years it was 17.8\%, whereas, in patients aged 45 years to 65 years the prevalence was 7.1\%. Also, the rate was high in divorcees (40\%) and widows (43.8\%). The prevalence rate in patients with diabetes mellitus was 16\% (p=0.562), with hypertension, 22.2\% (p=0.303), and with bronchial asthma, 28.3\% (p=0.008). Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that age, gender and bronchial asthma were associated with mental illness. CONCLUSION: Our study shows that one 3rd of primary health care patients have mental illness. Due to the high prevalence of mental illnesses among primary health care clinic attendants and screening for such problems by using Rahim Anxiety-Depression scale could be time consuming, exploring the psychiatric dimension and effect of diseases should be included during any consultation.
This article was published in Saudi Med J and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version