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J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1994 Mar;15(1):53-8.

Detection of psychiatric morbidity in gynecology patients by two brief screening methods.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India.


Psychiatric morbidity was studied in 100 women attending gynecological outpatient and inpatient set-ups using two brief screening instruments: the General Health Questionnaire, 12 items, and the Present State Examination, ten short questions. Psychiatric morbidity was detected in 36% and was found to be higher in women with uterine prolapse and infections but not in those with menstrual irregularities (p < 0.001). The commonest psychiatric symptoms detected in this population were worrying (50%), aches and pains (51%), depression (50%) and disturbances of biological function (51%). The commonest diagnoses were neurotic depression (70%) and adjustment disorders (23%). The screening instruments used were found to be simple, sensitive, specific, with high identification indices and easy to administer.

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