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The prevalence of what?

The prevalence of what? Editorial The prevalence of what? appeared to be on a continuum where ‘‘proxy’’ measures n this issue of the NJP, three articles on the prevalence such as impairment and need for treatment were asso- Iof psychiatric disorders are published. Two of the ciated with the intensity of depressed mood (8). studies are from the well known Swedish Lundby study The problems mentioned above have also been tackled (1, 2) and one is from Greenland (3). in the Lundby study by using similar methods and In the Greenlandic study, the Seasonal Pattern definitions in the diagnostic system throughout the Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) was mailed to over years. The question of whether the prevalence of a 6000 subjects. The response rate was low (30.1%). The psychiatric illness has changed or varies between cul- researchers found a prevalence rate of 9% for seasonal tures is difficult to answer unless totally identical affective disorder, the rate being higher in the northern instruments and diagnostic thresholds are applied at all municipalities than in the southern municipality. In the the measurement points under investigation. Possible Lundby study, best-estimate consensus diagnoses were changes in prevalence estimates of psychiatric disorders assessed using interviews, case notes, registers and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Journal of Psychiatry Taylor & Francis

The prevalence of what?

Nordic Journal of Psychiatry , Volume 63 (4): 1 – Jan 1, 2009

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2009 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted
ISSN
1502-4725
eISSN
0803-9488
DOI
10.1080/08039480903154849
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19731149
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Abstract

Editorial The prevalence of what? appeared to be on a continuum where ‘‘proxy’’ measures n this issue of the NJP, three articles on the prevalence such as impairment and need for treatment were asso- Iof psychiatric disorders are published. Two of the ciated with the intensity of depressed mood (8). studies are from the well known Swedish Lundby study The problems mentioned above have also been tackled (1, 2) and one is from Greenland (3). in the Lundby study by using similar methods and In the Greenlandic study, the Seasonal Pattern definitions in the diagnostic system throughout the Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) was mailed to over years. The question of whether the prevalence of a 6000 subjects. The response rate was low (30.1%). The psychiatric illness has changed or varies between cul- researchers found a prevalence rate of 9% for seasonal tures is difficult to answer unless totally identical affective disorder, the rate being higher in the northern instruments and diagnostic thresholds are applied at all municipalities than in the southern municipality. In the the measurement points under investigation. Possible Lundby study, best-estimate consensus diagnoses were changes in prevalence estimates of psychiatric disorders assessed using interviews, case notes, registers and

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Published: Jan 1, 2009

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