Rohan G Maharaj

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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of depression and psychosocial factors associated with depression in secondary school students in Trinidad METHODS This was a cross-sectional study of a stratified random sample of public secondary schools utilizing a modified pre-tested self-administered Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) to detect depression in(More)
This study determined the prevalence of depression and associated factors, among patients attending chronic disease clinics in Southwest Trinidad. This was a cross-sectional survey using a sample of consecutive patients at four large clinics. To determine the presence of depression, an interviewer-applied modified Zung Scale was validated The modified Zung(More)
BACKGROUND The provision of written asthma action plans (WAAPs) is regarded by regional and international guidelines as an essential component of patient education and self-management. However, the evidence for this practice in children is deficient. AIM To evaluate the effectiveness of adding a personalized WAAP in the treatment of children with partly(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the present study was to determine the knowledge and practices among Trinidad and Tobago school-attending adolescents towards energy drinks (ED), alcohol combined with energy drinks (AwED), weight-altering supplements (WAS) and vitamin/mineral supplements (VMS) and their experience of adverse effects associated with such use. (More)
Objectives Somatoform disorders are common in international primary care settings, but have been little studied in the developing world. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of severe undifferentiated somatoform disorder, and its relationship to depression and anxiety, among patients attending walk-in clinics in Trinidad. Methods The(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this paper was to review and summarize research on prevalence of health risk behaviours, their outcomes as well as risk and protective factors among adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean. METHODS Searching of online databases and the World Wide Web as well as hand searching of the West Indian Medical Journal were conducted.(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is the most common mental disorder; in an ambulatory-care setting 5 to 10% of patients meet the criteria for major depression. Despite extensive documentation in primary care internationally, Trinidadian studies published on depression have been primarily hospital-based and focussed on suicide. The objectives of this study were to(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the critical incidents that contribute to the initiation of substance use and abuse among women in Trinidad and Tobago. Twenty women were randomly selected from 46 women currently attending 43 drug rehabilitation centres, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous groups in Trinidad and Tobago. In-depth(More)
OBJECTIVE Diabetes, hypertension and heart disease inflict a heavy health burden on the Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. This study assessed the prevalence of self- reported diabetes, hypertension and heart disease in lower socioeconomically placed individuals accessing welfare grants. METHOD Data collected between July 2008 and June 2009 were(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the prevalence of abuse by their partners and its association with mental disorders among female patients at walk-in clinics in Trinidad. METHODS Female participants from 16 randomly selected walk-in clinics, previously stratified to represent all administrative regions and urban and rural settings, who were 18 years or older, were(More)