Anxiety and depression in Australian chronic hepatitis C outpatients: prevalence and predictors

Stewart, Benjamin, Mikocka-Walus, Antonina, Morgan, Joanne, Colman, Anton, Phelps, Megan, Harley, Hugh and Andrews, Jane 2012, Anxiety and depression in Australian chronic hepatitis C outpatients: prevalence and predictors, Australasian psychiatry, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 496-500, doi: 10.1177/1039856212460597.

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Title Anxiety and depression in Australian chronic hepatitis C outpatients: prevalence and predictors
Author(s) Stewart, Benjamin
Mikocka-Walus, AntoninaORCID iD for Mikocka-Walus, Antonina
Morgan, Joanne
Colman, Anton
Phelps, Megan
Harley, Hugh
Andrews, Jane
Journal name Australasian psychiatry
Volume number 20
Issue number 6
Start page 496
End page 500
Total pages 5
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1039-8562
Keyword(s) anxiety
hepatitis C
Summary OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to assess the prevalence and predictors of anxiety and depression in Australian chronic hepatitis C (CHC) outpatients. METHOD: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale scores at referral and other patient data was analysed for 395 CHC outpatients attending the Royal Adelaide Hospital liver clinic from 2006 to 2010. RESULTS: Results revealed probable prevalence rates of 41% for anxiety and 27% for depression. CHC patients had rates of anxiety and depression 1.2 and 2.4 times higher than community norms, respectively. Younger patients were found to experience increased anxiety, while married patients or those in a de facto relationship experienced decreased anxiety and depression. CONCLUSION: Regular psychiatric screening, and subsequent referral for mental health treatment, where necessary, is recommended for Australian CHC patients. Younger patients or those lacking social supports may be at increased risk. Research is needed to develop and evaluate psychological interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1039856212460597
Field of Research 110307 Gastroenterology and Hepatology
111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920105 Digestive System Disorders
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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