Panic disorder in hispanic patients

David A. Katerndahl, Janet P. Realini

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Background and Objectives: This study determined the proportion of community-dwelling Hispanics who present for medical care for their panic attacks and identified factors associated with seeking care. We also compared characteristics of Hispanic subjects with those of non-Hispanic white panic sufferers. Methods: In this community-based study, subjects with panic attacks completed a structured interview concerning health care utilization, panic characteristics, coexisting psychiatric problems, and illness attitudes. Hispanics were self-identified and completed the Cuellar acculturation scale for Mexican-Americans. Results: Twenty-nine (53.7%) of 54 Hispanic subjects had sought medical care for their panic attacks. Care seeking in non-Hispanic whites was not dependent on these factors. Conclusions: Half of the Hispanics with panic attacks seek no medical care for their attacks. Predictors of seeking care among Hispanics in San Antonio included coping style, symptom perceptions, and access to transportation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-214
Number of pages5
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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