Psychiatric co-morbidity in primary care and hospital referrals, Saudi Arabia

N. A. Qureshi, T. A. Al-Habeeb, Y. S. Al-Ghamdy, M. E.M.A. Magzoub, H. T. Van Der Molen

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Psychiatric and physical morbidities among patients referred from primary health care (PHC) centres and general hospitals (GH) in Al-Qassim region were compared. Thus, 540 psychiatric referrals (GH = 138; PHC = 402) were selected randomly. Fifteen GH patients but no PHC patients were referred for admission. Psychiatrists made more diagnoses of dementia, affective and anxiety disorders, mixed anxiety-depression and somatoform disorders than clinicians and general practitioners (GPs). Clinicians made significantly more diagnoses of acute psychoses and somatoform disorders than GPs. Physical morbidity was noted in 38.4% and 17.2% of GH and PHC referrals respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-501
Number of pages10
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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