The population prevalence of depression in Macau (SAR), China

[Speaker] Wu, Tat Leong:1
[Co-author] Hall, Brian J:1,2, Lam, Agnes Iok Fong:1
1:University of Macau (Macao), 2:Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (United States of America)

Depression is the 7th leading cause of disability in China. Currently there are no known estimates of depression within Macau, China, limiting public mental health planning. This study aimed to estimate the population two-week prevalence of depression in Macau. Data was obtained in December 2014 using telephone survey methods to access a population representative sample of adults. A total of 1060 Chinese adults (56.42% women) participated in the survey. The sample was weighted based on the population census. Depression prevalence was estimated using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (cut score >= 10). Results indicated the overall depression prevalence was 7.92% (95% CI 6.20 - 9.64). The sex stratified prevalence was higher for women (9.30%, 6.86 -11.73) than men (6.38%, 3.99 - 8.78). Age stratified results indicated the depression prevalence was highest among older adults age 65 and older (11.19%, 6.12-16.27). Depression appears prevalent in Macau indicating a critical public health priority.
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