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Prevalence of Diagnosis and Treatment Continuity Predictors of New Patients in a Paediatric Psychiatry Clinic

Version 1 : Received: 13 May 2021 / Approved: 14 May 2021 / Online: 14 May 2021 (08:48:07 CEST)

How to cite: Lee, A.R.; Bahn, G.H. Prevalence of Diagnosis and Treatment Continuity Predictors of New Patients in a Paediatric Psychiatry Clinic. Preprints 2021, 2021050318 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0318.v1). Lee, A.R.; Bahn, G.H. Prevalence of Diagnosis and Treatment Continuity Predictors of New Patients in a Paediatric Psychiatry Clinic. Preprints 2021, 2021050318 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0318.v1).

Abstract

This study analysed trends of first-time patients visiting the paediatric psychiatry clinic in a university hospital. The medical records from 2009 to 2016 of first-time patients visiting the Kyung Hee university hospital were reviewed, focusing on children in grades 1–12. We analysed the prevalence rate of psychiatric disorders per 100,000 general populations by gender and grade, and the characteristics of patients who sought outpatient care more than three times. The study included 1,467 participants, of which 931 were males (63.5%). The number of male patients per 100,000 populations significantly decreased from 4.14 in 2009 to 2.03 in 2016. While hyperkinetic disorders had the highest prevalence in males, neurotic disorders were most frequent in females. Prevalence of disruptive behaviour disorders in males and mental retardations in females decreased significantly during the study period. The factors affecting continuity were being female, studying in grades 7–12, and diagnosis of depressive, hyperkinetic, and tic disorders. Physicians should consider the new paediatric patients’ gender, grade, and expected diagnosis from their first visit to improve treatment compliance.

Keywords

Treatment adherence; child; adolescent; trend; outpatient clinic; new patient

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