Hospital admissions for obsessive-compulsive disorder in NSW, 1997 to 2010

Brakoulias, Vlasios and Sara, Grant (2011) Hospital admissions for obsessive-compulsive disorder in NSW, 1997 to 2010. Australasian Psychiatry, 19 6: 502-506. doi:10.3109/10398562.2011.631543

Author Brakoulias, Vlasios
Sara, Grant
Title Hospital admissions for obsessive-compulsive disorder in NSW, 1997 to 2010
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10398562.2011.631543
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 502
End page 506
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To assess the characteristics of admissions to NSW hospitals with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Method: Assessment of administrative data from all NSW hospital admissions from 1997 to 2010.  

Results: The average admission rate for a primary diagnosis of OCD was 1.5 per 100 000 population. This rate increased over the period assessed. OCD was much more common as a secondary diagnosis (6.1 per 100 000 population), often occurring with affective disorders in adults and other anxiety disorders in children. Adults admitted with OCD had an average length of stay of 24 days.

Conclusions:   Although hospital admissions of patients with OCD are uncommon, the high rates of comorbidity and increasing rates of admission alert us to the signi´Čücance of screening patients for OCD and being able to offer outpatient treatment.
Keyword Comorbidity
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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