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A Community Epidemiological Survey of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Hong Kong


Lee, S and Tsang, A and Chui, H and Kwok, K and Cheung, E, A Community Epidemiological Survey of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Hong Kong, Community Mental Health Journal, 43, (4) pp. 305-319. ISSN 0010-3853 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10597-006-9077-0


Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is understudied in Asian communities. There were 3,304 Chinese subjects (aged 15-60 years) randomly drawn from the general population of Hong Kong and successfully interviewed. The participation rate was 65.8%. The six-month prevalence of DSM-IV GAD was 4.1%. Over half of the GAD subjects reported palpitations and bowel symptoms. Comorbid depressive mood (65%) and substance use (35%) were common. Forty-one percent of GAD subjects sought help, usually from general practitioners who prescribed tranquilizers after negative physical investigations. Telephone-based surveys have limitations but provide an affordable and destigmatizing alternative to face-to-face surveys for communities with limited mental health resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Generalized anxiety disorder
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Chui, H (Dr Helena Chui)
ID Code:131294
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-03-12
Last Modified:2019-04-15

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