Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 26, No. 2, 2014, pp. 34-37
Bioline Code: mm14008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2014, pp. 34-37
© Malawi Medical Journal
The Prevalence of Depression among patients and its detection by Primary Health Care Workers at Matawale Health Centre (Zomba)|
Little information is available on the prevalence of depression in Malawi
in primary health care settings and yet there is increased number of cases
of depression presenting at tertiary level in severe form.
The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of depression
among patients and its detection by health care workers at a primary health
care clinic in Zomba.
A cross-sectional survey was done among patients attending outpatient
department at Matawale Health Centre, in Zomba from 1st July 2009
through to 31st July 2009. A total of 350 adults were randomly selected
using systematic sampling. The “Self Reporting Questionnaire”, a
questionnaire measuring social demographic factors and the Structured
Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders Non-Patient Version
(SCID-NP) were administered verbally to the participants.
The prevalence of depression among the patients attending the outpatients
department was found to be 30.3% while detection rate of depression by
clinician was 0%.
The results revealed the magnitude of depression which is prevalent in
the primary health care clinic that goes undiagnosed and unmanaged. It is
therefore recommended that primary health care providers do thorough
assessments to address common mental disorders especially depression
and they should be educated to recognise and manage depression
appropriately at primary care level.
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