Health-seeking behavior, alternative medicine, and quality of life in Taiwanese panic disorder patients

Miao Tzu Chen, Chung-Yi Li, Herng Ching Lin, Winston W. Shen, Pi Ching Hsieh, Chu Chieh Chen

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Abstract

Objective. Panic disorder (PD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by spontaneous and unexpected panic attacks of varying frequency. Clinically manifest PD is widespread among the general population in developed countries worldwide. This study is aimed to identify factors influencing Taiwanese patients' decision to seek psychiatric help and to assess relationships between patients' health-seeking behaviors and quality of life (QOL). Methods. One hundred patients from the outpatient psychiatric clinic of a university hospital in Taiwan were evaluated for PD. Results. Delayed diagnosis of panic disorder, high comorbidity with other mental and physical disorders, and high utilization of health care services were identified. Thirty-three percent of PD patients sought alternative therapies, delaying their seeking psychiatric care. Conclusions. More PD patients in Taiwan seek care from family practitioners and alternative and complementary medicine than from psychiatrists. Taiwanese patients with PD who seek psychiatric consultation more than one year after disease onset have lower QOL and lower physical health scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-215
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

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Panic Disorder
Complementary Therapies
Quality of Life
Psychiatry
Health
Taiwan
Delayed Diagnosis
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Anxiety Disorders
Developed Countries
Mental Disorders
Health Services
Comorbidity
Referral and Consultation
Population

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Chen, Miao Tzu ; Li, Chung-Yi ; Lin, Herng Ching ; Shen, Winston W. ; Hsieh, Pi Ching ; Chen, Chu Chieh. / Health-seeking behavior, alternative medicine, and quality of life in Taiwanese panic disorder patients. In: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 2013 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 206-215.
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Health-seeking behavior, alternative medicine, and quality of life in Taiwanese panic disorder patients. / Chen, Miao Tzu; Li, Chung-Yi; Lin, Herng Ching; Shen, Winston W.; Hsieh, Pi Ching; Chen, Chu Chieh.

In: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.01.2013, p. 206-215.

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