The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Baywood Publishing

Journal description

The goal of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine is to address the complex relationships among biological, psychological, social, religious and cultural factors in patient care. The aim of the Journal is to provide a forum where researchers and clinicians in psychiatry, medicine, and surgery from around the world can educate each other and advance knowledge concerning biological, psychological, and social theory, methods, and treatment as they apply to patient care. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: psychobiological, psychological, social, religious, and cultural modifiers of illness; the minor and moderate mental disorders seen and treated in medical practice; doctor-patient interactions; ethical issues in medicine; biomedical etiologies of mental symptoms; research from successful collaborative, multidisciplinary models such as geriatrics; and, health services research. The Journal will publish original research, review articles, innovative educational programs, and illustrative case reports.

Current impact factor: 0.81

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.805
2012 Impact Factor 1.154
2011 Impact Factor 1.029
2010 Impact Factor 1.055
2009 Impact Factor 0.909
2008 Impact Factor 0.882
2007 Impact Factor 0.733
2006 Impact Factor 0.694
2005 Impact Factor 0.693
2004 Impact Factor 0.581
2003 Impact Factor 0.534
2002 Impact Factor 0.794
2001 Impact Factor 0.714
2000 Impact Factor 1.033
1999 Impact Factor 1.207
1998 Impact Factor 0.63
1997 Impact Factor 0.944
1996 Impact Factor 1.082
1995 Impact Factor 0.918
1994 Impact Factor 0.741
1993 Impact Factor 0.552
1992 Impact Factor 0.797

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.28
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.06
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.36
Website International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, The website
Other titles International journal of psychiatry in medicine
ISSN 0091-2174
OCLC 1778043
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Baywood Publishing

  • Pre-print
    • Archiving status unclear
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be deposited in open access repositories
    • Can be deposited in password protected repositories only, subject to permission, 12 month embargo and restrictions
    • Password protected repositories must use the publisher's version/PDF
    • Publisher last contacted on 03/06/2014
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatological diseases are associated with lower quality of life (QoL) levels. Psychiatric disturbances are frequently observed in these patients. This study examined the impact of personality disorders on the QoL of patients with rheumatological diseases. The study sample consisted of 142 participants including patients suffering from rheumatological disease with a personality disorder (n = 30), without any personality disorder (n = 112), and healthy control participants without physical or psychiatric disorders (n = 60). The Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (SCID-I) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM, Revised Third Edition Personality Disorders (SCID-II) were used to determine Axis I and Axis II psychiatric disorders, respectively. QoL levels were assessed by means of the World Health Organization QoL Assessment-Brief. The subscale scores of physical health, psychological health, and social relationships were significantly lower in patients with rheumatological disease regardless of the existence of personality disorder compared with the control participants. Rheumatological patients with a personality disorder had significantly lower subscale scores of psychological health (p = 0.003) and social relationships (p < 0.003) compared with patients without any personality disorder. Personality disorders seem to be a relevant factor that maybe associated with QoL in patients suffering from rheumatological disease. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582183
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    ABSTRACT: Leprosy subjects are strongly affected not only by physical issues such as peripheral neuropathy but also by massive social exclusion that may be related to quality of life (QoL) impairment. However, there are as yet no studies evaluating the impact of perceived stigma in conjunction with neuropathy on QoL and the respective role of each one on QoL. The present study aims to investigate the variations in clinical and socio-demographic profile of Hansen's disease patients with/without perception of social exclusion (PSE) and neuropathy as the impact of both conditions on their QoL. A sample of 160 consecutive leprosy outpatients seeking treatment in two reference centers for leprosy in Brazil was recruited. Patients were assessed using a socio-demographic questionnaire, M.I.N.I. PLUS and SF-36. Data from medical records were also collected. Participants were divided into four groups: control group, perceived stigma, neuropathy, and stigma neuropathy. Of the 160 patients who consented to participate, 78.75% completed the survey. All four groups were similar in terms of demographic parameters, except for occupational status, which was compensated statistically. The group with neuropathy and PSE reported the worst QoL in half of the evaluated domains. The cross-sectional design does not allow cause and effect to be established between variables, and the relatively small sample size may limit the ability to demonstrate a relative decrease in QoL scores from the isolated variables analyzed. The results of this survey show that the presence of both neuropathy and PSE significantly increases impairment in QoL, especially in some specific domains. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582173
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    ABSTRACT: Although there is an important interaction between serotonergic system, prolactin and suicidal behavior, and impulsivity, no investigation examined the prolactin values in borderline personality disorder in which suicidal behavior and impulsivity are core symptom dimensions. In this context, in the present investigation, we planned to measure serum prolactin levels in the patients with borderline personality disorder. The study comprised 15 patients with borderline personality disorder and 15 healthy controls. Prolactin values were measured in both patients and control subjects. The patients had abnormally higher mean value of prolactin compared to those of healthy controls (48.66 ± 36.48 mg/dl for patients vs. 15.20 ± 7.81 mg/dl for healthy controls). There was no correlation between prolactin values and any demographic variables for both the patients and control subjects. In conclusion, our present results suggest that prolactin values increased in the patients with borderline personality disorder and are required to be replicated by more comprehensive and detailed further studies to decipher the exact roles of prolactin increase. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582172
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    ABSTRACT: The study aimed to compare the associations of pain indices, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms with disability among outpatients with chronic low back pain (CLBP). Consecutive orthopedics outpatients with CLBP in a medical center were enrolled. The Oswestry Disability Index and physical functioning and role limitations-physical of the Short-Form 36 were used as disability indices. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Depression and Somatic Symptoms Scale were employed. Pain intensity was rated using a visual analogue scale. Multiple linear regressions were used to determine the impacts of these independent factors related to disability. Among 225 participants (122 male, 103 female) with CLBP, patients with major depressive disorder and associated leg symptoms of CLBP had higher disability indices. A tendency was noted that depression (HADS-depression) had the highest correlation to the three disability indices, followed by pain intensity, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. After controlling for demographic variables, HADS-depression explained the highest variance of disability, followed by pain intensity. Depression was the most powerful factor associated with disability of CLBP among depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Depression should be evaluated when investigating disability among patients with CLBP. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415573937
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    ABSTRACT: Postpartum psychosis, which rarely presents with Capgras syndrome (delusional misidentification), requires rapid symptom resolution. First-line drugs have important drawbacks, such as delayed onset of clinical response and secretion in breast milk. In this report, we report successful treatment of a treatment-resistant woman presenting with treatment-resistant Capgras syndrome, with onset during postpartum. A 36-year-old woman had presented with Capgras syndrome during postpartum. For more than five years, she believed her son and other family members were substituted by impostors. All adequately administrated treatments were unsuccessful. We suggested electroconvulsive therapy to overcome treatment resistance. After six electroconvulsive therapy sessions, delusions of doubles subsided and other symptoms improved. She was discharged two weeks later with a mood stabilizer and low-dose atypical antipychotic combination and is well at the one-and-a-half-year follow-up. Electroconvulsive therapy followed by a mood stabilizer-antipsychotic drug combination showed rapid, permanent, and effective control of long-standing Capgras syndrome in a young woman. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582193
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of the present study was to assess the associations among family religious practices, internalizing/externalizing behaviors, and body mass index in a sample of severely obese youth referred to an outpatient pediatric endocrinology clinic. The sample consisted of 43 obese youth (body mass index > 95th percentile) aged 6-16 years (mean age = 12.67 years). Approximately 93% of families endorsed their religious faith as Christian or Catholic. Parents of youth were administered a demographic questionnaire, religiosity questionnaire, and the Child Behavior Checklist. Three multiple linear regression models were examined with body mass index percentile, Child Behavior Checklist Internalizing Scale, and Child Behavior Checklist Externalizing Scale as outcome variables. A parent endorsing greater importance of religious faith in shaping family life was associated with lower child body mass index percentile (p < 0.05) in the present sample. Greater family attendance at religious services was associated with higher child body mass index percentile (p < 0.05). Our data suggest that church-based interventions may be one viable option for the delivery of lifestyle interventions in families of youth with severe obesity. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582191
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies showed that postinfectious autoimmunity and immune deficiency played an important role in the pathogenesis of Tourette syndrome. CARD8 can suppress activity of NF-ΚB activated by inflammatory mediators. To study the association between the rs2043211 polymorphism in CARD8 and susceptibility to Tourette syndrome in Chinese Han population. We recruited 279 patients diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and their parents for the study. Genotyping for CARD8 rs2043211 single-nucleotide polymorphism was performed using predesigned TaqMan single-nucleotide polymorphism genotyping assay. The genetic contribution of this single-nucleotide polymorphism was evaluated using transmission disequilibrium test and haplotype relative risk and the haplotype-based haplotype relative risk. The results of the allelic and genotypic distribution of rs2043211 polymorphism in CARD8 showed that both the Tourette syndrome patients group and the parents group are in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. No significant differences were observed in the mutant allele transmission (transmission disequilibrium test = 1.107, df = 1, p = 0.322). Results of haplotype relative risk analysis showed that no statistical significant difference was found in the genotypic frequency (AA/AT/TT) of Tourette syndrome patients passed from parents (haplotype relative risk = 1.152, χ(2 )= 0.494, p = 0.482, 95% CI = 0.777-1.708). Similarly, the analysis of haplotype-based haplotype relative risk was also not to support a statistically significant association in allelic frequency (A/T) of Tourette syndrome patients passed from parents (haplotype-based haplotype relative risk = 1.130, χ(2 )= 1.037, p = 0.308, 95% CI = 0.893-1.429). Our results suggest CARD8 might not play a role in the pathogenesis of Tourette syndrome in Chinese Han population. However, the results still need to be tested in a larger sample and different populations. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415582190
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 03/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415572105
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 03/2015; 49(2). DOI:10.1177/0091217415572100
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    ABSTRACT: The American Balint Society held its First National Meeting in Estes Park Colorado in July 2014. The meeting brought together multiple generations of physicians and behavioral scientists interested in promoting Balint work in the United States. This article will provide an overview of the Balint method and its importance in medicine, a brief history of the American Balint Society, and the various elements of the First National Meeting. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions:
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 03/2015; 49(2). DOI:10.1177/0091217415572102
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 03/2015; 49(2). DOI:10.1177/0091217415572107
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    ABSTRACT: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) requires emergency treatment and can be fatal. Combined aripiprazole and clozapine therapy is rarely used in clinical settings, and NMS related this combination still lacks evaluation. Herein, we present two cases of atypical NMS treated with aripiprazole and clozapine. Case 1 was a schizophrenic male with a history of NMS under treatment with aripiprazole 20 mg. He was hospitalized and maintained with aripiprazole 5 mg and clozapine 225 mg. On the 25th day, atypical NMS occurred with rigidity, elevated creatine kinase, and stupor, which subsided with supportive therapy. He was discharged under treatment with aripiprazole 15 mg and fluoxetine 60 mg. Case 2 was a female with schizoaffective disorder without a history of NMS. She was hospitalized and maintained with clozapine 50 mg and aripirazole 30 mg. On the 11th day, atypical NMS occurred with mild fever, delirium, and rigidity, which subsided under supportive therapy. Our cases highlight the atypical features of NMS in patients being treated with combined ari-piprazole and clozapine. Consciousness change, modest elevation of creatine kinase, and leukocytosis were the most consistent findings; hyperthermia accounts for only some of the cases. This is a reminder of the importance of earlier detection of the soft signs and atypical features of NMS under this combined treatment. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):35-43. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.c
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    ABSTRACT: We performed a study to identify differences between patients with impulsive suicide attempt and those with premeditated suicide attempt in a Mexican population. We studied 144 patients who recently attempted suicide. Impulsive and premeditated suicide attempts were evaluated with the Suicide Intent Scale. These data were divided according to the type of attempt. Subsequently, the characteristics between the two groups were compared. The rate of patients that made an impulsive attempt was 61.8% and only 9.7% of the patients carried out a premeditated suicide attempt. More years of schooling/education and less severity of the attempt were observed in patients that carried out an impulsive suicide attempt (p < 0.001). Alcohol consumption (0.003) and use of cannabis (0.002) were present in patients who premeditated a suicide attempt. Our findings demonstrate that there are clinical differences among the individuals who carried out an impulsive suicide attempt from those who premeditated an attempt in a Mexican population. As a result, when planning interventions and prevention efforts it may be helpful to consider these clinical differences and demographic characteristics. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):63-74. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.e
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    ABSTRACT: To identify descriptors of Antipsychotic (AP) prescription, focusing on second generation antipsychotics (SGAs), polypharmacy, and long-acting injections (LAIs). Outpatients of the Bologna-Community-Mental-Health-Centres with at least one AP prescription were selected. Patients' characteristics, service utilization, and AP prescriptions were collected from administrative databases. Prescriptions were grouped by class (SGA vs. First Generation Antipsychotics), drug combination (polypharmacy vs. monotherapy), and preparation (LAIs vs. regular administration). Multi-variate analyses were performed to identify prescription descriptors among socio-demographic and clinical variables. Among 6,074 patients and 41,121 AP prescriptions, SGAs were used in 70.7% of subjects, AP polypharmacy in 25.3%, and LAIs in 17.5%. SGAs were prescribed more often for young, Italian patients, with higher education, voluntary hospital-ization, and high number of visits. Descriptors of AP polypharmacy were: high number of visits and hospitalization, length of treatment, non-urban residency, male gender, unemployment. Characteristics associated to LAI prescription were: long duration of treatment, high number of visits, compulsory admissions, non-Italian nationality, male gender, age > 34, low education, unmarried status. Besides illness severity, this study identified different socio-demographic descriptors of AP choices, raising concerns on the equity of treatments. Efforts should be directed to investigate appropriateness of AP treatments especially in social disadvantaged populations. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):45-62. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.d
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    ABSTRACT: We explored the impact of clinical response to treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents on the subsequent changes in their self-image profile, the quality of life of their parents, and its effect on socio-demographic variables. Conners Rating Scales for Parents (CPRS-R) and for Teachers (CTRS-R) completed at the time of entry to the service were repeated to measure clinical response to treatment; the Self-image Profiles for Children (SIP-C) and Adolescents (SIP-A), the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQoL) questionnaire and postcode data were used to evaluate other domains. Data was collected for 53 boys (84%) and 10 girls (16%) with current mean age 11.5 years. Four-fifths (51/63) received pharmacological treatment and all parents were offered group parent training program. The only subscale in CPRS-R to show significance was the ADHD Index. The CTRS-R demonstrated statistically significant improvement (p < 0.01) in most subscales. On the Self-image Profile, children reported themselves as more Kind (p < 0.012), more Helpful (p < 0.038) and less Bossy (p < 0.047). Comparison of pre- and post-treatment scores on QoL revealed no significant changes; however, correlations of QoL responses against CPRS post-treatment revealed significant negative relationships in a number of instances. Parents living in less deprived areas felt their lives were more meaningful and less likely felt negatively about themselves (p = 0.04, N = 26, rho = 0.405). Clinical improvement in ADHD symptoms was positively correlated with some improvement in the Self-image Profile of children and adolescents, but its impact on the QoL in parents was limited. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):19-33. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.b
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    ABSTRACT: It is a significant challenge for any medical education program to provide adequate training in medical knowledge. It can be just as daunting to include appropriate opportunity to learn about and manage the emotional impact of illness experiences, the healing process, and provider-patient relationships. While there may be only a few basic changes to the core of medical knowledge, advances in medical practice regularly have an impact on the nature of patient care. Life-long learning is essential to maintain one's competence. However, everything doctors and other medical professionals learn about relationships with patients during their training is relevant for the rest of their career. One primary source of this learning are reflective practices. However, there is no guide or description of or comparison among the distinguishing characteristics of reflective processes. In addition, there are no criteria for the selection or integration of reflective processes in medical training or beyond. This article proposes understanding reflection as a complex, three-level process and identifies dimensions which differentiate a variety of reflective process activities. The discussion includes considerations for selecting which activities might be usefully incorporated in education curricula, and identifies conditions of medical training cultures that will support successful integration. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):95-105. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.g
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the first case of sertraline-induced diplopia. Medline and PubMed data search using the words sertraline, Zoloft, diplopia, double vision. A case summary of a patient who developed diplopia from sertraline. This case describes a 34-year-old man who developed diplopia after treatment with sertraline. The diplopia resolved after discontinuation of sertraline and redeveloped upon rechallenge. Although incidences of diplopia caused by citalopram, another SSRI, have been described, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of sertraline-induced diplopia. More studies are needed to describe the full mechanism of action of sertraline-induced diplopia. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 02/2015; 49(1):107-10. DOI:10.2190/PM.49.1.h
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    ABSTRACT: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been considered a risk factor for suicidality. BDNF secretion is influenced by epigenetic (DNA methylation) and genetic (val66met polymorphism) profiles. We aimed to investigate the independent effects of BDNF promoter methylation status on suicidal ideation as well as the effects of its interaction with the val66met polymorphism in patients with breast cancer. A total of279 patients with breast cancer were evaluated 1 week after breast surgery, and 244 (87%) were followed up 1 year later. Suicidal ideation was identified using the item addressing suicidal thoughts on the Beck Depression Inventory. The independent effects of BDNF methylation status on suicidal ideation at two points was investigated using multivariable logistic regression models. The two-way interactive effects of BDNF methylation status and the val66met polymorphism on suicidal ideation were also estimated using the same models. Increased BDNF methylation was significantly associated with suicidal ideation and depression 1 year after breast surgery, and this association was independent of potential covariates, including previous depression, current depressive symptoms, and BDNF genotype. No significant methylation-genotype interactions were found. The BDNF hypothesis and the epigenetic origin of suicidality in patients with breast cancer were supported. BDNF gene methylation status may be a biological marker for suicidality in patients with breast cancer. © 2015 The Author(s).
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 01/2015; 49(1):75-94. DOI:10.1177/0091217415574439