The Prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among patients attending a dermatological clinic in Nineveh province in 2012

Abstract

Back ground: This study was done to provide the prevalence and pattern of psychiatric morbidity in dermatological outpatient attendees. Three hundred dermatological patients attending the dermatology outpatient clinic in Ibn-Sena teaching hospital in Mosul. The Arabic version of general health questionnaire version-28 (GHQ-28), was applied as a screening tool in this study. Those scoring 6 and above were considered possible cases on the GHQ-28, were interviewed using the ICD-10 checklist. Conclusion:- One hundred twenty three of them (41%) were confirmed as actual psychiatric cases. Younger age group, females, economically poor, those with long duration of illness, those with lesions in exposed parts of the body had higher prevalence rates.