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Indian J Psychiatry. 1995 Apr;37(2):91-6.

Prevalence of priority psychiatric disorders in a rural area in kerala.

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S. Shaji, DPM, Consultant Psychiatrist, Norman Vincent Peale Medical Center, Vettickal P.O. Mulanthuruthy, Ernakulam District, Kerala 682314.

Abstract

The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence rate of priority psychiatric disorders in a rural area in Kerala and to find out the sociodemographic correlates of the morbidity. A door to door survey had been conducted by trained surveyors to identify individuals with priority psychiatric disorders. The detected cases were examined by a psychiatrist at their houses in the village itself, to confirm as to whether they were having any psychiatric disorder. Out of the 1094 households surveyed (having a population of five thousand two hundred and eighty four), seventy seven individuals were found to have priority psychiatric disorders giving a prevalence rate of 14.57 per thousand. Females in general showed increased mental morbidity. An increased prevalence rate has been observed among Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes. An increased morbidity is noticed among the people belonging to the lower socioeconomic status.

KEYWORDS:

prevalence; priority psychiatric disorders; rural

PMID:
21743722
PMCID:
PMC2971473

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