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Mental health conditions affect one in five people in conflict zones, study finds

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 11 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4175
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Around one in five people living in an area of conflict has a mental health condition, according to a major new study.1

Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta analysis of 129 studies published between January 1980 and August 2017 which included data from 39 countries.

The study, published in the Lancet, reported a 22% prevalence (95% uncertainty interval (UI) 18.8 to 25.7) of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

The World Health Organization, which co-authored the research, noted that the prevalence of …

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