Protecting human rights in medical and social welfare for people with chronic mental illness is an important public health issue. People with chronic mental illness not only have problems in social functioning which limits their social interaction with others , but also become vulnerable population in workplaces and need assistances to enable them to participate in workforce. Understanding characteristics of the population with chronic mental illness is momentous to develop public health policies and helps the government make more informed decisions. The purpose of this study is to observe the long-term prevalence changes among people with chronic mental illness during 2000-2014 in Taiwan by analyzing the handicapped population-based database which is established and collected by Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. By analyzing the database, the study found that the prevalence of chronic mental illness significantly increased yearly. Based on age stratified analysis, it turned out that the prevalence significantly increased yearly among 12-14-year-old (p=0.027), 18-29-year-old (p=0.003), 30-44-year-old (p=0.001), 45-59-year-old (p＜0.001), 60-64-year-old (p＜0.001), and older than 65-year-old (p＜0.001). And the high prevalence of chronic mental illness is among 30-44-year-old and 45-59-year-old. Based on level of disability stratification analysis, the prevalence of mild, moderate, and severe disability level significantly increased yearly, especially in the prevalence of moderate disability has a significant increase. Based on administrative districts stratification analysis, the disability prevalence of all area significantly increased yearly, and the prevalence of north area is the highest among all areas. In the meanwhile, the prevalence of east area is the lowest of all area and increased slowly comparing with other areas.
|Translated title of the contribution||Long-term Prevalence Trend Analysis of Taiwanese Chronic Mental Disability based on Governmental Disability Register|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|
- Chronic mental illness
- trend test