|Year : 2010 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 327-332
Psychiatric morbidity in outpatients of gynecological oncology clinic in a tertiary care hospital
Rohan Dilip Mendonsa1, Prakash Appaya2
1 Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, St John's Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Background: Psychiatric morbidity in gynecological oncology patients is relatively less studied.
Aims: This cross-sectional observational study was undertaken to assess the common psychiatric disorders in women who consult the gynecological oncology outpatients' department.
Materials and methods: We assessed a total of 101 outpatients who were recruited by convenience method of sampling. The main outcome measures were PRIME-MD PHQ diagnoses, gynecological and sociodemographic profiles.
Results: Psychiatric disorders as detected by PRIME -MD PHQ were diagnosed in 44% of the patients. Mood disorders were most common. Major depression was present in 25.7% of patients. Anxiety disorders were diagnosed in 16.8% of the patients. Among 44 patients with a psychiatric diagnosis only one patient was on psychiatric treatment. Major depression was much more common (34.4%) in cancer patients than in women with benign conditions (16.6%).
Conclusion: The findings of our study reveal a high rate of psychiatric morbidity in the gynecological oncology outpatients.
Rohan Dilip Mendonsa
Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka - 575 002
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