Psychological morbidity in primary health care in Oman: A preliminary study

J. Al-Lawati, N. Al-Lawati, M. Al-Siddiqui, S. X. Antony, A. Al-Naamani, R. G. Martin, R. Kolbe, T. Theodorsson, Y. Osman, A. A. Al-Hussaini, S. Al-Adawi*

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Objective - To assess the prevalence of somatization and psychological morbidity presenting to primary health care in Oman and to examine the correlation between the indices of somatization and psychological disorders. Method - Consecutive primary care patients (n = 100) were screened with Bradford Somatic Inventory which gauges psychosomatic morbidity, and Self Reporting Questionnaire, which measures psychological distress. Result - Somatization disorder as defined by Bradford, and psychological morbidity were relatively common in primary care settings. There was significant positive correlation between indices of somatization and psychological morbidity. Conclusion - Omani patients seeking primary health care equally experience both psychological distress as well as somatic ones. This finding challenges the old notion that people in developing countries generally express distress somatically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000


  • Cross-cultural
  • Oman
  • Primary-health care
  • Psychological distresses
  • Somatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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