Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Newly Admitted Medical Inpatients With AIDS

Stephen Snyder, Andrew Reyner, James Schmeidler, Eileen Bogursky, Henry Gomez, James J. Strain

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The authors evaluated 42 newly admitted medical inpatients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) using DSM-III-R criteria and obtained quantitative ratings of psychiatric morbidity using standard instruments. A current Axis I disorder was present in 61.9% of the patients. Organic mental disorders predominated (47.6% of all patients) and were more common in the most severely ill patients. Major depressive syndrome was rarer than expected (9.5%). Recent physical disability was correlated with repeated hospitalizations, and trends were found suggesting correlation of recent physical disability with increased anxiety and cognitive impairment. This study, using actual patient evaluations, suggests predictors of psychiatric morbidity in this setting and argues for routine psychiatric screening of medical inpatients with AIDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


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