Journal article

Using the Patient Health Questionnaire to estimate prevalence and gender differences of somatic symptoms and psychological co-morbidity in a secondary inpatient population with abdominal pain

Melissa Stieler, Peter Pockney, Cassidy Campbell, Vaisnavi Thirugnanasundralingam, Lachlan Gan, Matthew Spittal, Gregory Carter

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Somatic disorders and somatic symptoms are common in primary care populations; however, little is known about the prevalence in surgical populations. Identification of inpatients with high somatic symptom burden and psychological co-morbidity could improve access to effective psychological therapies. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis (n = 465) from a prospective longitudinal cohort study of consecutive adult admissions with non-traumatic abdominal pain, at a tertiary hospital in New South Wales, Australia. We estimated somatic symptom prevalence with the Patient Health Questionnaire-15 at three cut-points: moderate (⩾10), severe (⩾15) and 'bothered a lot' on ⩾3 symptoms; and psyc..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship - Australian Government


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health Higher Research Degree Student Support Allocation Funding:

500. Matthew Spittal is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (project number FT180100075) funded by the Australian Government.