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Article: A survey of mental health of new patients at traditional Chinese medical clinics

TitleA survey of mental health of new patients at traditional Chinese medical clinics
Authors
KeywordsAlternative Medicine
Mental Health
Primary Healthcare
Issue Date2011
PublisherScientific Research Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.scirp.org/journal/cm/
Citation
Chinese Medicine (Irvine), 2011, v. 2 n. 1, p. 32-35 How to Cite?
AbstractIn Chinese societies, traditional Chinese medical clinics are popular and play a significant role in primary healthcare. The current study aimed to examine the mental health of new patients at Chinese medical clinic. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted. Subjects were new patients of a Chinese medical clinic recruited through 100% consecutive sampling during a 5-week period. A response rate of 84.2% and a sample size of 367 were achieved. Sample included 111 (30.2%) men and 256 (69.8%) women. Mean age was 44.0 (SD = 17.1). Presenting problems were all somatic, with 68.3% lasted over 1 month and 37.1% lasted over 1 year. In the month prior to first consultation, 26.4%, 33.2% and 19.3% patients consulted other public, private and Chinese medical clinic on average 1.5, 1.9 and 3.0 times respectively. Besides, 7.4% and 6.5% patients self-administered Western and Chinese drugs on average 1.3 and 2.4 times respectively. Using a cut-off of ? 5 on GHQ-12, prevalence of common mental disorders was estimated at 21.0%. In conclusion, findings revealed that common mental disorders were prevalent among new Chinese medicine patients al-though presenting problems of subjects were all somatic. Many of these presenting medical conditions were chronic, with 68.3% lasting over 1 month and 37.1% lasting over 1 year. Over 70% patients had been seek-ing various forms of treatment in the month prior to first consultation. Mental health and illness behavior of Chinese medicine patients warrants further research and attention.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133450
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dc.contributor.authorNg, SMen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, TCTen_US
dc.contributor.authorWang, XLen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-11T08:39:04Z-
dc.date.available2011-05-11T08:39:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationChinese Medicine (Irvine), 2011, v. 2 n. 1, p. 32-35en_US
dc.identifier.issn2151-1918en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133450-
dc.description.abstractIn Chinese societies, traditional Chinese medical clinics are popular and play a significant role in primary healthcare. The current study aimed to examine the mental health of new patients at Chinese medical clinic. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted. Subjects were new patients of a Chinese medical clinic recruited through 100% consecutive sampling during a 5-week period. A response rate of 84.2% and a sample size of 367 were achieved. Sample included 111 (30.2%) men and 256 (69.8%) women. Mean age was 44.0 (SD = 17.1). Presenting problems were all somatic, with 68.3% lasted over 1 month and 37.1% lasted over 1 year. In the month prior to first consultation, 26.4%, 33.2% and 19.3% patients consulted other public, private and Chinese medical clinic on average 1.5, 1.9 and 3.0 times respectively. Besides, 7.4% and 6.5% patients self-administered Western and Chinese drugs on average 1.3 and 2.4 times respectively. Using a cut-off of ? 5 on GHQ-12, prevalence of common mental disorders was estimated at 21.0%. In conclusion, findings revealed that common mental disorders were prevalent among new Chinese medicine patients al-though presenting problems of subjects were all somatic. Many of these presenting medical conditions were chronic, with 68.3% lasting over 1 month and 37.1% lasting over 1 year. Over 70% patients had been seek-ing various forms of treatment in the month prior to first consultation. Mental health and illness behavior of Chinese medicine patients warrants further research and attention.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherScientific Research Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.scirp.org/journal/cm/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofChinese Medicine (Irvine)en_US
dc.subjectAlternative Medicine-
dc.subjectMental Health-
dc.subjectPrimary Healthcare-
dc.titleA survey of mental health of new patients at traditional Chinese medical clinicsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=2151-1918&volume=2&issue=1&spage=32&epage=35&date=2011&atitle=A+survey+of+mental+health+of+new+patients+at+traditional+Chinese+medical+clinicsen_US
dc.identifier.emailNg, SM: ngsiuman@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, TCT: h0330997@graduate.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailWang, XL: wangxl@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityNg, SM=rp00611en_US
dc.identifier.authorityWang, XL=rp00877en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.4236/cm.2011.21006-
dc.identifier.hkuros185046en_US
dc.identifier.volume2en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage32en_US
dc.identifier.epage35en_US

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