The prevalence of depression and its perceptions among undergraduate pharmacy students


  • Atta Abbas Ziauddin University, Pakistan & University of Sunderland, United Kingdom & Clifton Hospital, Pakistan
  • Syed Ata Rizvi Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Rabiya Hasan Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Nasar Aqeel Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Marium Khan Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Anum Bhutto Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Zarmeena Khan Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Zainab Mannan Ziauddin University, Karachi


Prevalence, Depression, Mental Health Disorders, Pharmacy, Students


Introduction: Depression is mental health disorder which not only influences the overall health of the individual but affects the social aspects too. The pharmacy curriculum teaches the students about the disease and its management. The study focuses the prevalence of depression and its perceptions.

Methods: A quantitative cross sectional study was conducted in pharmacy institutes of Pakistan targeting the undergraduates with a structured questionnaire.

Results: The prevalence of depression in the male and female students was 59.49% (51.40% to 67.22% for 95% CI) and 64% (58.91% to 68.86% for 95% CI) respectively, majority never visited any institute dedicated for such individuals, major segment of target group expressed their unwillingness to live with such people, the bulk of students believed the depressed individuals are a threat to the society.

Conclusion: The pharmacy education did not help lowering the social stigmatisation of undergraduates regarding depression however improved their optimism regarding its treatment. 

Author Biographies

Atta Abbas, Ziauddin University, Pakistan & University of Sunderland, United Kingdom & Clifton Hospital, Pakistan

Ass. Prof. Atta Abbas, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ziauddin University & Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well Being, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sunderland & Department of Pharmacy, Clifton Hospital

Syed Ata Rizvi, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Rabiya Hasan, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Nasar Aqeel, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Marium Khan, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Anum Bhutto, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Zarmeena Khan, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy

Zainab Mannan, Ziauddin University, Karachi

Faculty of Pharmacy


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