The regional distribution of anxiety disorders: Implications for the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2010

Baxter, A.J., Vos, T., Scott, K.M., Norman, R.E., Flaxman, A.D., Blore, J. and Whiteford, H.A. (2014) The regional distribution of anxiety disorders: Implications for the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2010. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 23 4: 422-438. doi:10.1002/mpr.1444

Author Baxter, A.J.
Vos, T.
Scott, K.M.
Norman, R.E.
Flaxman, A.D.
Blore, J.
Whiteford, H.A.
Title The regional distribution of anxiety disorders: Implications for the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2010
Journal name International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-8931
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/mpr.1444
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 4
Start page 422
End page 438
Total pages 17
Place of publication West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract Anxiety disorders are increasingly acknowledged as a global health issue however an accurate picture of prevalence across populations is lacking. Empirical data are incomplete and inconsistent so alternate means of estimating prevalence are required to inform estimates for the new Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. We used a Bayesian meta-regression approach which included empirical epidemiological data, expert prior information, study covariates and population characteristics. Reported are global and regional point prevalence for anxiety disorders in 2010. Point prevalence of anxiety disorders differed by up to three-fold across world regions, ranging between 2.1% (1.8-2.5%) in East Asia and 6.1% (5.1-7.4%) in North Africa/Middle East. Anxiety was more common in Latin America; high income regions; and regions with a history of recent conflict. There was considerable uncertainty around estimates, particularly for regions where no data were available. Future research is required to examine whether variations in regional distributions of anxiety disorders are substantive differences or an artefact of cultural or methodological differences. This is a particular imperative where anxiety is consistently reported to be less common, and where it appears to be elevated, but uncertainty prevents the reporting of conclusive estimates.
Keyword Anxiety
Public mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 22 JUL 2014

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