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Substance use and duration of untreated psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Overview of attention for article published in South African Journal of Psychiatry, June 2016
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Title
Substance use and duration of untreated psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Published in
South African Journal of Psychiatry, June 2016
DOI 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v22i1.852
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Authors

Glen P. Davis, Andrew Tomita, Joy Noel Baumgartner, Sisanda Mtshemla, Siphumelele Nene, Howard King, Ezra Susser, Jonathan K. Burns

Abstract

Substance use and psychiatric disorders cause significant burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Co-morbid psychopathology and longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) can negatively affect treatment outcomes. The study assessed substance use amongst adults with severe mental illness receiving services at a regional psychiatric hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). We describe the prevalence and correlates of lifetime substance use and examine the association between substance use and DUP. A cross-sectional survey recruited adults diagnosed with severe mental illness and assessed lifetime and past 3-month substance use using the World Health Organization Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test. Regression analyses were conducted to determine associations between lifetime substance use (other than alcohol and tobacco) and DUP as measured by the World Health Organization Encounter Form. Amongst 87 participants, alcohol (81.6%), tobacco (75.6%) and cannabis (49.4%) were the most common substances reported for lifetime use. Risk of health-related problems (health, social, financial, legal and relationship) of cannabis use was associated with younger age, single marital status and lower education. Adjusted regression analyses indicated that use of amphetamines and methaqualone is associated with longer DUP. Substance use is prevalent amongst psychiatric patients in KwaZulu-Natal and may contribute to longer DUP. Mental health services in this region should address co-morbid substance use and psychiatric disorders.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 82 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 18%
Researcher 9 11%
Student > Postgraduate 8 10%
Other 7 9%
Other 14 17%
Unknown 10 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 29%
Psychology 12 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 12%
Social Sciences 7 9%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 5%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 13 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 July 2016.
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#3,415,464
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#69,565
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Outputs of similar age from South African Journal of Psychiatry
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