Psychiatric morbidity and posttraumatic symptoms among earthquake victims in primary care clinics.

@article{Yang2003PsychiatricMA,
  title={Psychiatric morbidity and posttraumatic symptoms among earthquake victims in primary care clinics.},
  author={Yen Kuang Yang and Tzung Lieh Yeh and Chwen Cheng Chen and Chih Kuei Lee and I. Hui Lee and L M Lee and Keith J Jeffries},
  journal={General hospital psychiatry},
  year={2003},
  volume={25 4},
  pages={253-61}
}
Three months after the devastating Chi-Chi earthquake (magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale) struck the central area of Taiwan, 663 victims were screened for psychiatric morbidity at a local general hospital in a community mental health program. The rate of psychiatric morbidity as defined by the 12-item Chinese Health Questionnaire as greater than 4, was 24.5%. Posttraumatic symptoms were still prevalent. The rate of posttraumatic stress disorder was 11.3%, and the rate of partial PTSD was 32… CONTINUE READING

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