Clinical and demographic profile of attendees at Baghdad's walk-in psychiatric clinic

Maha S. Younis, Ahmed S. Al-Noaimi, Ziad Aj Zaidan, Abass F. Al-Rubayie, Yahya Al-Farsi, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Samir Al-Adawi

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Abstract

Objective: Few studies have examined clinical and demographic profile of attendees of a walk-in psychiatric clinic in countries ravaged by wars. The aim of this study is to quantify the characteristics of attendees of an open walk-in psychiatric clinic in a general hospital in Baghdad and the suburb towns of Iraq in the year 2010. Methods: As part of a retrospective survey, information on specific variables (socio-demographic background, clinical characteristics and attendance rate) were sought from medical records in the year 2010 (January to December). Results: Despite the shortcomings expected from a country coming out of the ravage of war, the survey included 2,979 attendees (1,864 [63%] males and 1,115 [37%] females) of a walk-in psychiatric clinic who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The profile of attendees indicated that a majority of the cohort was self-referred with a predominance of employed males, aged 19 to 49 years, residing in Baghdad City. Depression and psychosis were the most common diagnosis given. Conclusion: The observed patterns are discussed within the available literature relevant to consultation liaison psychiatry, and specific to situations in Iraq and Arab/Islamic cultural patterning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-370
Number of pages6
JournalOman Medical Journal
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Iraq
  • Referral
  • Retrospective survey
  • Socio-demographic
  • Statistical manual of mental disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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