Psychosis and its correlates in a remote Indigenous population

Hunter, Ernest, Gynther, Bruce, Anderson, Carrick, Onnis, Leigh-ann, Groves, Aaron, and Nelson, Jeffrey (2011) Psychosis and its correlates in a remote Indigenous population. Australasian Psychiatry, 19 (5). pp. 434-438.

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe prevalence and characteristics of psychotic disorders in a remote Indigenous population.

Method: Clinical review of all patients with an active diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in remote communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait.

Results: 170 patients were identified and demographic, social and treatment variables described.

Conclusions: Psychotic disorders are common and more so among young adult Aboriginal men, with high rates of comorbid conditions including substance use, intellectual impairment and diabetes. In parallel to this case complexity, there are high rates of coercive treatments. Certain differences by ethnicity and location are described and possible explanations proposed.

Item ID: 21026
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal; Indigenous; psychosis; Torres Strait Islander
ISSN: 1440-1665
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 04:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 60%
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