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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

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RODRIGUES-NETO, João Felício; FIGUEIREDO, Maria Fernanda Santos; FARIA, Anderson Antônio de Silveira  and  FAGUNDES, Marise. Commom mental disorders and the use of complementary and alternative medicine: population-based survey. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2008, vol.57, n.4, pp.233-239. ISSN 0047-2085.

OBJECTIVE: To verify the Common Mental Disorders (CMD) prevalence in Montes Claros, and existence of association among social economic factors and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) utilization with CMD. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Target population: Montes Claros residens. The sample was probabilistic with 3.090 people. A semi-structured questionnaire was used and the Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) for identification of the CMD. It was done Poisson regression in the analysis with significance statistics considered of p < 0,05. RESULTS: The prevalence of CMD was of 23,2%, being 75% CAM users. The CMD prevalence was bigger in the those with minor schooling (RP = 2,12; IC = 1,80-2,49); minor economic level (RP = 1,92; IC = 1,07-3,44); over 40 years (RP = 1,30; IC = 1,15-1,48); in the women (RP = 2,99; IC = 1,50-3,58). It was more frequent among who turn to homeopathy (RP = 1,52; IC = 1,12-2,08) and spiritual healing by others (RP = 1,25; IC = 1,08-1,46). CONCLUSIONS: The CMD is very frequent in population of Montes Claros. The variables: schooling, economic level; age; sex as well as turn to homeopathy and spiritual healing by others.

Keywords : Mental disorders; complementary therapies; alternative therapies; homeopathy.

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