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Querulous paranoia in Chinese patients: A cultural paradox

Author(s): Ungvari, G. S., Lum, F., Lai, K., Leung, C. M.

Journal/Book: Aust N Z J Psychiat. 1996; 30: P O Box 126, Karrinyup 6018, Australia. Australian Nz J Psychiatry. 463-466.

Abstract: Objective: There has been no reported case of querulous paranoia from the Asian population, A prospective study was undertaken to identify patients with querulous paranoia in an outpatient clinic. Method: One thousand, five hundred and fifty-one new referrals to a university-affiliated psychiatric outpatient clinic in Hong Kong were screened for querulous paranoia during routine clinical work. Results: Three patients with querulous paranoia (0.19%) were identified during 1 year, The case histories of these three patients are reported. Conclusion: Possible reasons for the low reporting rate are discussed and the importance of sociocultural traditions in the development and recognition of querulous paranoia is emphasised.

Note: Article AHT Pang, Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Dept Psychiat, Shatin, Nt, Hong Kong

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