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

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Keywords

  • Alternative medicine
  • Health-seeking behavior
  • Healthcare utilization
  • Panic disorder
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)

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