Prevalence of tardive dyskinesia among psychiatric in-patients at Mathari Hospital, Nairobi

  • N. Gatere
  • C. J. Othieno
  • D. M. Kathuku


Objective: To determine the prevalence of tardive dyskinesia among psychiatric in-patients.
Design: A cross-sectional survey.
Setting: Mathari Hospital, Nairobi, the main psychiatric referral hospital in Kenya. Subjects: Two hundred and two randomly selected in-patients seen in the hospital between January and April 2000.
Results: The prevalence of tardive dyskinesia was 11.9%. Neither the psychiatric diagnosis nor the sex was significantly associated with tardive dyskinesia. The antipsychotic dosage was also not associated with tardive dyskinesia but an increase in age was significantly associated with the abnormal movements.
Conclusion: The prevalence rate of tardive dyskinesia among patients at Mathari Hospital is much lower than that found in western countries but similar to that from Asian studies. These findings indicate the possibility of racial differences in the aetiology of TD. Prospective cross- racial studies are necessary to confirm these findings.

(East African Medical Journal: 2002 79(10): 547-550)

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