Psychotherapy for refugees and asylum seekers with PTSD

Prevalence in refugees

What is prevalence of schizophrenia in refugees?

Prevalence quantifies the proportion of individuals in a population who have a disease during a specific time-period while incidence refers to the number of new cases of disease that develop in a population during a specific time-period while. In disorders of short duration incidence and prevalence rates may be similar, however with disorders of long duration such as with schizophrenia there can be variation between the two.

What is the evidence regarding prevalence of schizophrenia in refugees?

High quality evidence finds the overall prevalence of psychotic disorders, mostly schizophrenia spectrum, is 1.5% in refugees and asylum seekers. Studies were undertaken in Australia, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Refugees were from Azerbaijan, former Yugoslavia, Middle East, Africa, Palestine, and Russia.

April 2022

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