The Hong Kong mental morbidity survey: background and study design

L C W Lam, W C Chan, C S M Wong, E Y H Chen, R M K Ng, E H M Lee, W C Chang, S F Hung, E F C Cheung, P C Sham, H F K Chiu, M Lam, T P Chiang, J van Os, J T F Lau, G Lewis, P Bebbington, Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey Team

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Mental disorders are highly prevalent conditions with immense disease burden. To inform health and social services policy formulation, local psychiatric epidemiological data are required. The Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey is a 3-year population-based study in which 5700 community-dwelling Chinese adults aged between 16 and 75 years were interviewed with the aim of evaluating the prevalence, co-morbidity, functional impairment, physical morbidity, and social determinants of significant mental disorders in the population. This paper describes the background and design of the survey, and is the first territory-wide psychiatric epidemiological study in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-6
Number of pages7
JournalEast Asian archives of psychiatry : official journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists = Dong Ya jing shen ke xue zhi : Xianggang jing shen ke yi xue yuan qi kan
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Young Adult

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