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The aim of the present study was to survey a cohort population for the risk factors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression, and the prevalence of different psychiatric disorders at 6 months and 2 and 3 years after a major earthquake. The Disaster-Related Psychological Screening Test (DRPST), part I, and the Mini-International(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate the relationship between the clinical course of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and quality of life (QOL) among Taiwan earthquake survivors for 3 years. METHODS A population survey was done in a Taiwan township near the epicenter of a severe earthquake (7.3 on the Richter scale). Trained assistants used the Medical(More)
BACKGROUNDS Immigration to Taiwan is often connected with marriage, resulting in the presence of so-called married immigrants or foreign brides. AIMS To compare the quality of life (QOL) and prevalence of depression between female married immigrants and native married women. METHODS Trained assistants used the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (MOS(More)
AIMS To predict the longitudinal course of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in survivors three years following a catastrophic earthquake using multivariate data presented six months after the earthquake. METHODS Trained assistants and psychiatrists used the Disaster-related Psychological Screening Test (DRPST) to interview earthquake survivors 16(More)
OBJECTIVE The enormous job stress of police work may result in depression, which is highly correlated with work disability and poor quality of life. We investigated the quality of life, the probability of depression, and the related risk factors for police officers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. METHODS We used the 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate quality of life (QOL) and related risk factors in Taiwanese earthquake survivors diagnosed with different psychiatric disorders 3 years after the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake. METHOD This study was a population survey. Trained assistants used the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (MOS SF-36) and questionnaires to interview 405(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence and relative risk of developing cancer as well as the mortality rate after cancer diagnosis for patients with schizophrenia compared with the general population. METHODS Our population for this study was identified before the end of 1999. The study included 59,257 patients with schizophrenia and 178,156 age- and(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to estimate the incidence and relative risk of stroke and post-stroke all-cause mortality in patients with schizophrenia. METHODS This study identified a study population from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) between 1999 and 2003 that included 80,569 patients with schizophrenia and 241,707 age- and(More)
OBJECTIVE The work of firefighters involves the risk of exposure to the harmful effects of toxic substances as well as the possibility of enormous emotional shock from disasters, which may result in psychiatric impairments and a lower quality of life. Therefore, we examined quality of life, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major(More)
OBJECTIVE This study sought to estimate the incidence, all-cause mortality and relative risks for patients with schizophrenia after a pneumonia diagnosis. METHODS The population was identified from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in 1999 and included 59,021 patients with schizophrenia and 236,084 age- and sex-matched(More)