Journal of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22--25

Psychiatric morbidity among dermatology patients: A hospital-based cross-sectional study


Dasetima D Altraide1, Chukwuma U Okeafor2, Bolaji I Otike-Odibi1 
1 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2 Department of Mental Health/Neuropsychiatry, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Chukwuma U Okeafor
Department of Mental Health/Neuropsychiatry, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, P M B 6173, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nigeria

Background: Increased frequency of psychiatric and emotional health problems has been reported among patients with dermatological lesions. These problems could negatively affect the quality of life of these patients. Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the psychiatric morbidity among dermatology patients. It also sought to determine the relationship between sociodemographic factors and psychiatric morbidity. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study consisting of 90 consenting patients attending the dermatological clinic of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. These patients filled the study questionnaire which comprised of a sociodemographic questionnaire, general health questionnaire (GHQ-12), and a perceived stigma scale. A GHQ score of ≥ 3 was considered as having psychiatric morbidity. Statistical analysis was performed at the 0.05 significance level. Results: The mean age of the patients was 32 ± 13 years and a male to female ratio of 1:2; 34 of the 90 patients (38%) had psychiatric morbidity. Forty-three (48%) patients had perceived stigma, with mild perceived stigma as the most common category (40%) of perceived stigma. There was no significant relationship between sociodemographic characteristics of the patients and psychiatric morbidity (P > 0.05). Conclusion: Psychiatric morbidity is common among patients with dermatological lesions irrespective of their sociodemographic characteristics. Addressing the psychosocial care of patients who attend the dermatologic outpatient clinic may be helpful.


How to cite this article:
Altraide DD, Okeafor CU, Otike-Odibi BI. Psychiatric morbidity among dermatology patients: A hospital-based cross-sectional study.J Dermatol Dermatol Surg 2021;25:22-25


How to cite this URL:
Altraide DD, Okeafor CU, Otike-Odibi BI. Psychiatric morbidity among dermatology patients: A hospital-based cross-sectional study. J Dermatol Dermatol Surg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 8 ];25:22-25
Available from: https://www.jddsjournal.org/article.asp?issn=2352-2410;year=2021;volume=25;issue=1;spage=22;epage=25;aulast=Altraide;type=0