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Prevalence of psychological morbidity in an urban population: Is it related to modifiable physical risk factors?

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dc.contributor.author Williams, S.S.
dc.contributor.author Pinidiyapathirage, M.J.
dc.contributor.author Wijeratne, L.T.
dc.contributor.author Kasturiratne, A.
dc.contributor.author Peris, M.U.P.K.
dc.contributor.author Williams, H.S.A.
dc.contributor.author Wickremasinghe, A.R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-10T08:03:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-10T08:03:15Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Sri Lanka Medical Association, 126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress. 2013; 58 Supplement 1: 27 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0895
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.kln.ac.lk/handle/123456789/11614
dc.description Oral Presentation Abstract (OP 42), 126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 10th-13th July 2013 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of psychological morbidity and its relationship to diabetes mellitus, hypertension and alcohol use in an urban population in Sri Lanka. METHODS: This study was conducted in the Ragama Health Study cohort that consists of 2986 individuals, between 35-64 years of age, living in the Ragama Medical Officer of Health area in the district of Gampaha. Subjects were selected using age-stratified random sampling, from the electoral lists in 2007, and investigated using clinical, bio¬chemical and anthropometric examinations. Psychological morbidity was estimated using a pre-validated K10 questionnaire which has high sensitivity and specificity for non psychotic psychiatric disorders and a self administered GHQ 30 questionnaire. Baseline age-adjusted prevalence and three year incidence of hypertension and diabetes were estimated. Odds ratios for independent risk factors were calculated. RESULTS: The prevalence of psychological morbidity identified using the K10 questionnaire ranged from 18- 26% in a total population of 2919. Females had a higher prevalence of psychologrcal morbidity than males (28.6% vs 22.4%; p<0.001). Diabetic or hypertensive status and alcohol use did not predict psychological morbidity. A self report of overall low health status was predictive of psychological morbidity OR1.925 (95% CI 1.62 - 2.28). DISCUSSION: High prevalence of psychological morbidity was identified in this community study. Females are more at risk. In the initial analysis, psychological status was not associated with diabetes mellitus, hypertension or alcohol use. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject psychological morbidity en_US
dc.title Prevalence of psychological morbidity in an urban population: Is it related to modifiable physical risk factors? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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