BACKGROUND: Concern about climate change may affect mental health. We evaluated the relationship between primary care patients' attitudes toward climate change and dysphoria.
METHODS: In 2013, we surveyed 571 adult primary care patients in southern Wisconsin. Attitudes toward climate change were measured using a 46-point composite of 9 questions. Dysphoria was measured using a 13-point composite summing the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-2).
RESULTS: Patients frequently reported concern about climate change and 22.5% experienced dysphoria. A significant, positive correlation existed between the composite climate change score and the dysphoria score (rs=0.345; P<0.001).
CONCLUSION: Primary care patients are concerned about climate change and this concern is positively related to dysphoria. The level to which dysphoria is due to climate change should be elucidated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Wisconsin medical journal|
|State||Published - Jul 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The Summer Student Research and Clinical Assistantship program at University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health contributed financial support to this study.
© 2019 Wisconsin Medical Society.