On April 29th Dr. Jacek Moskalewicz (Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw) presented ‘Prevalence of Mental Disorders among Adult Inhabitants of Poland: Results of EZOP Study’


A pioneering study on prevalence of mental disorders in Poland was carried out in 2010-2011. Over ten thousand inhabitants were interviewed forming a probabilistic sample of the Polish population aged 18-64 years. The study applied the WHO instrument Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) which allows to identify several dozen of psychiatric disorders according to ICD 10 and DSM IV. Around 30% of respondents were not satisfied with their mental health and this dissatisfaction increased with age. Life prevalence of any mental disorder approached 25% while past year prevalence surpassed 10% which represent 6 million and 2.7 million inhabitants, respectively. The most prevalent were disorders related to substance abuse followed by anxiety, impulse and eventually affective disorders. Except for gender, socio-demographic factors do not contribute significantly to prevalence of common mental disorders. In contrary, disorders related to substance abuse are strongly associated with such determinants of social position as gender, age, marital status, education and employment status.

The presentation was prepared by Dr. Moskalewicz in cooperation with Prof. Jacek Wciórka (Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw).