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P01-292 - Treatment Seeking Behaviour Among Cases Reported for Psychiatric Consultation with Co-morbid Infertility

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 April 2020

M.I. Afridi
Affiliation:
Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Karachi, Pakistan
N. Iman
Affiliation:
Dept. of Medicine, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan
H. Khan
Affiliation:
Dept. of Medicine, Rehman Medical Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan

Abstract

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Objective

To assess treatment-seeking behaviour in psychiatric patients with co-morbid infertility.

METHODology: This hospital-based prospective study was conducted on out-patients, consulted at NMI (Neuro-spinal & medical Institute), Karachi.All consecutive and consenting cases were interviewed using a semi-structured proforma. Results were tabulated and analyzed through SPSS Version 11.0. Fisher Exact test/Chi-square test were used to compare variables.

Results

One hundred five cases (62.85% Men and 37.14% Women) that fulfilled the criteria of infertility were evaluated. More than half (51.42%) of the cases had sought alternative type of treatment including treatment from Faith Healers (19.04%), Hakeems (Eastern/Indigenous Practitioners=18.09%) and Homoeopathics(14.28%). The rest of the cases had history of multiple consultations with Allopathic medical practitioners.

Conclusion

The impact of Infertility is serious especially in the east making a person vulnerable to seek help from the various available source of treatment particularly traditional/ alternative mode.

Type
Consultation liaison psychiatry
Copyright
Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2010
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