Prevalence of mental disorders in Australia

Some evidence from the hospital morbidity collection in new south wales

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Abstract

This study examines data from 47,238 episodes of hospitalization in New South Wales, Australia, pertaining to the patients suffering from mental disorders, i.e. those patients with a principal diagnosis coded from 290 to 315 inclusive, according to the 8th revision of the International Classification of Diseases. An overall prevalence of nine episodes of hospitalization due to mental disorders was found per 1000 population per annum. Major disease categories were neuroses and alcoholism (each accounting for 21% of the total episodes) followed by schizophrenia (16%) and affective psychosis (11%); there were substantial differences by age, sex, marital status and ethnic origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-367
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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