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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Psychiatric morbidity and pattern of dysfunctions in patients with leprosy


1 Department of Psychiatry, University College of Medical Sciences & G.T.B. Hospital, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India
2 Department of Dermatology, University College of Medical Sciences & G.T.B. Hospital, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India

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M S Bhatia
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.25183

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BACKGROUND: Leprosy, being a chronic infectious disease with profound social stigma, remains associated with high psychological mortidity. PURPOSES: To find out the pattern of psychiatric morbidity in leprosy patients and the relationship of various factors with the morbidity. METHODS: Ninty patients attending leprosy clinic were randomly chosen for the study group alongwith 40 patients suffering from acute skin problem other than leprosy as control group. The socio-demographic data were recorded in semi-structural proforma; all patients were given Goldbery Health Questioneaire (GHQ). Patients having GHQ score >2 was assessed by Disability Assessent Questionaire (DAQ). The psychiatric diagnoses was made according to ICD-10 by W ho0 and physical deformity by W ho 0 Disability Scale. FINDINGS: The mean GHQ score of the study grant was 3.44 and that of control group was 1.62. The mean DAQ score was 45.13. Psychiatric disorder was seen in 44.4% and 7.5% of study group and control group respectively. The psychiatric illness was generalised anoxidy disorder (GAD) (27.8%). CONCLUSIONS: Leprosis highly associated with psychiatric mobidity. LIMITATIONS: The findings can not be generalised due to small sample size and clinic-based data.


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