Inequalities in Psychiatric Morbidity in Hong Kong and Strategies for Mitigation

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Author(s)

  • Linda Chiu-Wa Lam
  • Wing-Yan Law
  • Se-Fong Hung
  • Wai-Chi Chan
  • Eric Yu-Hai Chen
  • Gary Ka-Ki Chung
  • Yat-Hang Chan
  • Roger Yat-Nork Chung
  • Hung Wong
  • Eng-Kiong Yeoh
  • Jean Woo

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number7095
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number12
Online published9 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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Abstract

This study explores the social gradient of psychiatric morbidity. The Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey (HKMMS), consisting of 5719 Chinese adults aged 16 to 75 years, was used. The Chinese version of the Revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS-R) was employed for psychiatric assessment of common mental disorders (CMD). People with a less advantaged socioeconomic position (lower education, lower household income, unemployment, small living area and public rental housing) had a higher prevalence of depression and anxiety disorder. People with lower incomes had worse physical health (OR 2.01, 95% CI 1.05–3.82) and greater odds of having CMD in the presence of a family history of psychiatric illnesses (OR 1.67, 95% CI 1.18–2.36). Unemployment also had a greater impact for those in lower-income groups (OR 2.67; 95% CI 1.85–3.85), whereas no significant association was observed in high-income groups (OR 0.56; 95% CI 0.14–2.17). Mitigating strategies in terms of services and social support should target socially disadvantaged groups with a high risk of psychiatric morbidity. Such strategies include collaboration among government, civil society and business sectors in harnessing community resources.

Research Area(s)

  • mental morbidity, Hong Kong, social gradient, inequality, mental health policy

Citation Format(s)

Inequalities in Psychiatric Morbidity in Hong Kong and Strategies for Mitigation. / Chan, Siu-Ming; Lam, Linda Chiu-Wa; Law, Wing-Yan; Hung, Se-Fong; Chan, Wai-Chi; Chen, Eric Yu-Hai; Chung, Gary Ka-Ki; Chan, Yat-Hang; Chung, Roger Yat-Nork; Wong, Hung; Yeoh, Eng-Kiong; Woo, Jean.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 19, No. 12, 7095, 06.2022.

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