Anxiety Disorders | Psychiatric Aspects of Somatic Diseases | Mood Disorders | Methods for Diagnostic & Therapeutic Studies
A prospective cohort study on the prevalence of anxiety and
depression symptoms in newly diagnosed HIV patients in Singapore
Pei Lin Lynnette Tan*, Jaspal Singh Dhaliwal, Nicholas Chew, Aaron Ang
*Corresponding author: Pei Lin Lynnette Tan
Department of Psychological Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 739 (poster) [English]
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67th Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting 2012, 2 - 4 May 2012, 1042
Psychiatric symptoms in HIV patients have been demonstrated to impact many clinical outcomes, including quality of life, healthcare utilization and caregiver burden.
The aim of this study was to screen for the prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in newly diagnosed HIV patients at the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) in Singapore at first presentation and at six months.
Compared to a previous cross-sectional study performed on HIV patients who had been followed-up for one year at the HIV clinic, the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms were similar to this study cohort at the first visit. However, after implementation of the active screening program, symptoms were reduced after six months.
Our results suggests that active screening and management of patients' symptoms can reduce symptoms and that management need not be treatment by a psychiatrist. Further research to confirm this finding is needed.
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