Quality of life and pharmaco-economic aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A South African survey
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Objective. The quality of life and pharmaco-economic aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have received relatively little research attention to date. We aimed to gather preliminary data on these in a South African patient sample. Design. A survey of members of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Association of South Africa was undertaken by means of a detailed self-report questionnaire. Results. Results of the survey suggest that OCD causes significant morbidity, leading to clear distress and interference with academic, occupational, social and family function. Unfortunately, correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment have been delayed in many patients, and the financial costs of such incorrect management are likely to be considerable. Conclusion. Much further work needs to be done by the medical profession and by interested consumers to raise awareness about OCD and to provide information about its management. In South Africa, it is particularly important to undertake such psycho-education at a primary health care level and to impact on patients of low socio-economic status.
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