Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences

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Volume 23

January - March 2007

Number 1


 

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An epidemiological survey of mental disorders among adults
in the North, West area of Tabriz, Iran

Ali Fakhari1, Fatemeh Ranjbar2, Hussein Dadashzadeh3, Fatemeh Moghaddas4

ABSTRACT

Objective: To find out prevalence of mental disorders in the North West Area of Tabriz, Iran and their association with demographic factors such as gender, marital status, education and age.

Design and setting: In this cross sectional study 1017 households were chosen using systematic randomized sampling and 2624 individuals above the age of seventeen years and above. We obtained information on psychiatric disorders by using Duke University Questionnaire. Four hundred fifty two people were interviewed by two psychiatrists based on the DSM-IV criteria. The SPSS-11 version was used for analysis.

Results: The probability of mental disorder was 19.4% in women and 8.59% in men. The overall prevalence of psychiatric disorders was 14.4%.

Conclusion: Etiological studies provide usefull information for planning provision of mental health care.Further studies are needed to find out the prevalence of mental disorders in the community.

Key words: Current Prevalence, Mental Disorders, Duke University Questionnaire.

Pak J Med Sci January - March 2007 Vol. 23 No.1  54-58


1. Dr. Ali Fakhari
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry,

2. Dr. Fatemeh Ranjbar
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry,

3. Dr. Hussein Dadashzadeh, Psychologist,
Instructor and General Physician,
Researcher in Sweden

4. Dr. Fatemeh Moghaddas
Instructor and General Physician,
Researcher in Sweden

1-4 Razi University Hospital, Mental Center,
Tabriz Medical Science,
Tabriz Iran.

Correspondence:
Dr. Ali Fakhari
E-mail: a_fakhari@yahoo.com

* Received for Publication: November 18, 2005
* Revision Received: December 1, 2005
* Revision Accepted: May 26, 2006



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