|Title:||Psychiatric co-morbidity in primary care and hospital referrals, Saudi Arabia|
Al Habeeb, T.A.
Al Ghamdy, Y.S.
Van der Molen, H.T.
|Abstract:||Psychiatric and physical morbidities among patients referred from primary health care [PHC] centres and general hospitals [GH] in Al-Qassim region were compared. Thus, 540 psychiatric referrals [GH = 138; PHC = 402] were selected randomly. Fifteen GH patients but no PHC patients were referred for admission. Psychiatrists made more diagnoses of dementia, affective and anxiety disorders, mixed anxiety-depression and somatoform disorders than clinicians and general practitioners [GPs]. Clinicians made significantly more diagnoses of acute psychoses and somatoform disorders than GPs. Physical morbidity was noted in 38.4% and 17.2% of GH and PHC referrals respectively|
|Keywords:||Health Care Surveys|
Primary Health Care
Referral and Consultation
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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