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[Recognition of mental disorders in primary care]

FÜREDI János, RÓZSA Sándor, SZÁDÓCZKY Erika, ZÁMBORI János

APRIL 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(04)

[BACKGROUND - Several studies have shown that a substantial part of patients with mood and anxiety disorders seeks help at their primary care physician. It is well known that recognition of these disorders cause difficulties for general practitioners. In our study starting in 1998, we attempted to map the psychiatric disorders present in primary care patients. This paper investigates the factors that may contribute to the difficulties in recognition and diagnosis of mental disorders. METHOD - 1815 primary care patients in 12 general practice offices has been evaluated for mood and/or anxiety disorders with DIS interview. The DIS diagnosis was compared with complaints and symptoms of patients and diagnosis given by their GPs. RESULTS - Diagnosis given by GPs and DIS evaluation showed low concordance. The main factor in this proved to be the presence of somatic disorders, whereas socio-demographic factors played little role. The highest concordance of diagnosis was found when acute or chronic somatic disorders were not present.]

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