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Psychiatric comorbidity in injecting drug users in Asia and Africa.

TitelPsychiatric comorbidity in injecting drug users in Asia and Africa.
PublicatietypeJournal Article
Jaar van publicatie2012
AuteursIskandar S, Kamal RM, DeJong CA
UitgaveCurr Opin Psychiatry
Volume25
Nummer3
Pagina's213-8
Publicatiedatum2012 May
ISSN1473-6578
TrefwoordenAfrica, Asia, Comorbidity, Humans, Mental Disorders, Patient Compliance, Risk Factors, Substance Abuse, Intravenous
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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidity in injecting drug users (IDUs) in the Western countries is high and is associated with lower quality of life and reduces the effectiveness of treatment programs. The aim of this study is to provide a review about psychiatric comorbidity in IDUs in Asia and Africa, where HIV prevalence is high and still increasing. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies focusing on psychiatric comorbidity in Asia and Africa are scarce. The prevalence of psychiatric comorbidity is comparable with the prevalence in western countries. Psychiatric disorders can occur before or during drug abuse and are also associated with substance abuse and physical comorbidity and its treatments. Childhood trauma followed by post-traumatic disorders is a significant risk factor for substance abuse. Psychiatric co-occurring disorders influence the adherence to the physical and drug use treatment. Evidence-based treatment for psychiatric comorbidity in IDUs is still limited. SUMMARY: A better understanding of the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in IDUs and its impact on the overall treatments is growing. However, more studies focusing on the treatment for psychiatric comorbidity in IDUs in Asia and Africa are needed.

DOI10.1097/YCO.0b013e3283523d66
Alternatieve uitgaveCurr Opin Psychiatry
PubMed ID22449767