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Depression among Patients Attending Physiotherapy Clinics in Erbil City
الاكتئاب بين المرضى الذين يراجعون عيادات العلاج الطبيعي في مدينة أربيل

Authors: Diyar H. Tahir --- Jwan M. Zangana --- Sirwan K. Ali
Journal: Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences مجلة زانكو للعلوم الطبية ISSN: 19955588/19955596 Year: 2009 Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Pages: 22-27
Publisher: Hawler Medical Univeristy جامعة هولير الطبية


Background and Objectives: Depression is a condition that worsens the prognosis of patients undergoing physiotherapy treatment; it is underestimated and under-recognized. The objectives of this study were to detect the prevalence, severity and type of depressive disorder among patients attending the physiotherapy clinic, and analysis the factors that influencing the occurrence of depression and its severity.Methods: Cross sectional study was carried out with (200) patients attending physiotherapy clinic in Hawler and Rizgary Teaching Hospitals in Erbil City from 2nd January -2nd march 2009. Data about demographic characteristics of the sample, utilization of health services, and type of physical diseases were obtained by direct questioning the patients. Depression was assessed by means of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).Results: Point prevalence of depression was estimated to be 56% (27% mild, 20.5% moderate and 8.5% sever) among this population of patients attending an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Female gender, old age and married patients were suffering from sever depressive disorders .Conclusions: The high prevalence of depression in patients attending physiotherapy clinics suggests that consideration should be given to screen the psychological.

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