Psychiatric referrals: In primary care and general hospitals in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia

Naseem A. Qureshi, Tariq A. Al-Habeeb, Yasser S. Al-Ghamdy, Mohi M. Magzoub, Henk Schmidt

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Objective: From different perspectives, psychiatric symptoms have special significance in psychiatry. This study comparatively describes the psychopathological symptoms as noted in primary care (402) and general hospital (138) referrals. Methods: Five hundred and forty psychiatric referrals, retrieved randomly, were reviewed extensively for collecting relevant data. Results: Both hospital and primary care referrals were observed to have a variety of psychological and somatic symptoms of variable frequencies, which were suggestive of several psychopathological domains. Functional psychotic (19.5% versus 10%), mood (27.5% versus 23%) and psychosomatic (7% versus 2%) symptoms were significantly noted in hospital referrals as compared to primary care referrals while the later were observed to have significantly more somatic (34.5% versus 22.5%) and neurological (8% versus 4%) symptoms. Only a small proportion of primary care referrals (33/402, 8%] have symptoms of childhood psychiatric disorders. Conclusion: Psychiatric symptomatology differs in primary care and general hospital referrals. Both the general practitioners and clinicians are expected to record psychiatric symptoms in a comprehensive manner. Hence, they need condensed training courses on psychiatric symptomatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-624
Number of pages6
JournalSaudi Medical Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Psychiatric referrals
  • Psychiatry training
  • Psychopathological symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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