Clinical and Demographic Profile of Attendees at Baghdad’s Walk-in Psychiatric Clinic

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Objective: Few studies have examined clinical and demographic profile of attendees of a walk-in psychiatric clinic in countries ravaged by wars. The aim of this study is to quantify the characteristics of attendees of an open walk-in psychiatric clinic in a general hospital in Baghdad and the suburb towns of Iraq in the year 2010.
Methods: As part of a retrospective survey, information on specific
variables (socio-demographic background, clinical characteristics
and attendance rate) were sought from medical records in the year
2010 ( January to December).
Results: Despite the shortcomings expected from a country coming
out of the ravage of war, the survey included 2,979 attendees (1,864
[63%] males and 1,115 [37%] females) of a walk-in psychiatric
clinic who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The profile of attendees
indicated that a majority of the cohort was self-referred with a
predominance of employed males, aged 19 to 49 years, residing in
Baghdad City. Depression and psychosis were the most common
diagnosis given.
Conclusion: The observed patterns are discussed within the
available literature relevant to consultation liaison psychiatry, and
specific to situations in Iraq and Arab/Islamic cultural patterning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-370
JournalOman Medical Journal
VolumeDOI 10. 5001/omj.2013.104
Issue number 5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Retrospective survey; Socio-demographic; Referral; Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Iraq

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