Socio-demographic Characteristics and Diagnostic Profile of Patients Attending Psychiatric OPD of a Private Hospital in Western Region of Nepal

  • JB Khattri Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • ST Godar Department of Opthalmology, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • P Thapa Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • K Ramesh Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • PK Chakrabortty Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
  • BB Thapa Department of Psychiatry, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara
Keywords: ICD-10 DCR, psychiatric OPD, psychiatric morbidity, neurotic disorders

Abstract

Background: Mental health services in Nepal are limited and there is a scarcity of epidemiological studies in our country. The present study is done with the aim to study the socio-demographic characteristic and diagnostic profile of patients attending the psychiatric OPD.

Methods: This is a retrospective study where case records of all new patients, diagnosed to be suffering from Mental and Behavioral disorders according to Chapter V (F) of ICD-10, who attended the OPD from July 2011 to December 2011, were included in the study.

Results: Maximum patients fall in the younger age group and are females. The patients were found to be suffering from neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders (35.4%) followed by mood disorder (18.3%), schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders (17.4%) and mental and behavioral disorders due to psychoactive substance use (9.7%).

Conclusion: Mental disorders comprise a wide variety of disorders and affect the most productive age group suggesting the need for early identification and prompt management.

Keywords: ICD-10 DCR; psychiatric OPD; psychiatric morbidity; neurotic disorders

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/njms.v1i1.5790

Nepal Journal of Medical Sciences. 2012; 1(1): 15-18

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Khattri, J., Godar, S., Thapa, P., Ramesh, K., Chakrabortty, P., & Thapa, B. (1). Socio-demographic Characteristics and Diagnostic Profile of Patients Attending Psychiatric OPD of a Private Hospital in Western Region of Nepal. Nepal Journal of Medical Sciences, 1(1), 15-18. https://doi.org/10.3126/njms.v1i1.5790
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