Depression in HIV Positives under ART in TUTH Clinic: A Cross-Sectional Study

Authors

  • S. Tiwari Consultant Psychiatrist, Lumbini Zonal Hospital, Butwal
  • S.P. Ojha Professor, Department of Psychiatry, IOM, Kathmandu
  • M. Chapagai Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, IOM, Kathmandu
  • P. Tulachan Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, IOM, Kathmandu
  • S. Dhungana Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, IOM, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v4i2.18319

Keywords:

PLWHA, Depression, ART

Abstract

Introduction: Among PLWHA, most studies have reported a high prevalence (20-37%) of depression, which negatively impacts the adherence to ART, and leads to increased morbidity and mortality.

Objective: This study aims to study depression among PLWHA who were under ART in the out-patient HIV clinic

Method: This study was conducted at the outpatient HIV clinic in a tertiary center (TUTH). All relevant information were noted in a semistructured proforma designed for the study. BDI-II and ICD-10 DCR were the tools used.

Result: Out of total 99 patients, 34 were depressed (34.2%), moderate depression with somatic syndrome category being the majority (19, 19.2%) (p< 0.05). Depression was significantly associated with low family income, alcohol use and past history of depression.

Conclusion: Depression was found to be highly prevalent in PLWHA who were under ART

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Published

2017-09-29

How to Cite

Tiwari, S., Ojha, S., Chapagai, M., Tulachan, P., & Dhungana, S. (2017). Depression in HIV Positives under ART in TUTH Clinic: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal, 4(2), 25–29. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v4i2.18319

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