Post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants living in Finland: Comorbidity and mental health service use

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Kieseppä , V J , Jokela , M , Holm , M , Suvisaari , J , Gissler , M & Lehti , V 2021 , ' Post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants living in Finland: Comorbidity and mental health service use ' , Psychiatry Research , vol. 300 , 113940 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113940

Title: Post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants living in Finland: Comorbidity and mental health service use
Author: Kieseppä, Valentina J; Jokela, Markus; Holm, Minna; Suvisaari, Jaana; Gissler, Mika; Lehti, Venla
Contributor organization: Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Medicum
HUS Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
University of Helsinki
Helsinki University Hospital Area
Date: 2021-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Psychiatry Research
ISSN: 0165-1781
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113940
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332453
Abstract: The aim of this study was to compare differences in comorbidity between immigrants and Finnish-born controls, and to examine the treatment received by immigrants with PTSD. Our original data included all the immigrants living in Finland by the end of 2010 and matched controls. For this study, we selected individuals who had received a diagnosis of PTSD during 2010-2015 (immigrants: n = 754, Finnish-born controls: n = 311). We compared the frequency of different comorbid conditions between immigrants and natives. Multinomial logistic regression was used to predict categorized treatment intensity with the region of origin and length of residence among the immigrants. Psychiatric comorbidity was much more extensive among the Finnish-born controls than among immigrants. Immigrants from Africa and the Middle East more often received treatment of low intensity compared with immigrants from Western countries. The length of residence was associated with more frequent treatment. The important differences in comorbidity and background characteristics between immigrants and natives should be taken into account in planning treatment guidelines for PTSD. The disparities in treatment intensity across different immigrant groups indicate a need to improve the services for immigrants with PTSD.
Subject: BELIEFS
BIPOLAR DISORDER
OUTCOMES
PREVALENCE
PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS
PTSD
REFUGEES
REGISTER
TRAUMA
comorbidity
immigrants
mental health care
register study
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
515 Psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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