Publications [#174205] of G. Allan Johnson

Papers Published
  1. PW Burvill, GA Johnson, KD Jamrozik, CS Anderson, EG Stewart-Wynne, TM Chakera, Prevalence of depression after stroke: the Perth Community Stroke Study., The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, vol. 166 no. 3 (March, 1995), pp. 320-7 .

    BACKGROUND: The Perth Community Stroke Study (PCSS) was a population-based study of the incidence, cause, and outcome of acute stroke. METHOD: Subjects from the study were assessed initially, by examination and interview, and at four- and 12-month follow-ups to determine differences in prevalence of depression between the sexes and between patients with first-ever and recurrent strokes. RESULTS: The prevalence of depressive illness four months after stroke in 294 patients from the PCSS was 23% (18-28%), 15% (11-19%) major depression and 8% (5-11%) minor depression. There were no significant differences between the sexes or between patients with first-ever and recurrent strokes. With a non-hierarchic approach to diagnosis of those with depression, 26% of men and 39% of women had an associated anxiety disorder, mainly agoraphobia. Nine per cent of male and 13% of female patients interviewed had evidence of depression at the time of the stroke. Twelve months after stroke 56% of the men were still depressed (40% major and 16% minor), as were 30% of the women (12% major and 18% minor). CONCLUSION: The prevalence of depression after stroke was comparable with that reported from other studies, and considerably less than that reported from in-patient and rehabilitation units.