Prof. Omer El-Rufaie       
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

United Arab Emirates University
P.O.Box 17666, Al-Ain
United Arab Emirates
Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates, and FellowshipsYear
DPM (Joint Board of the Royal Colleges of Physicians & Surgeons of Uk)1974
MRC Psych (The Royal college of Psychiatrist, UK)1974
FRC Psych (The Royal college of Psychiatrist, UK)1989
Associate/Professor, FMHS, UAE University23/6/1990-Present
Chair of Psychiatry26/3/2001-Present
Assistant/Associate Professor, King Faisal University, Damam, Saudia1982 - 1990
Research Interest
(1) Psychiatric Epidemiology (2) Primary Care Psychiatry (3) Transcultural Psychiatry 
Selected Publications
(1) Ghubash, R, El Rufaie, O, Moselhy, H. et al. (2010). Subjective life satisfaction and mental disorders among older adults in UAE in general population. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, Vol.25, 458-465. (2) Eapen, V. and El-Rufaie, O.(2008). United Arab Emirates (UAE). International Psychiatry, Vol.5, No.2, 38-40. (3) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., (2005). Primary Care Psychiatry: Pertinent Arabian Perspectives. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol.11, No.3, 449-458. (4) Ghubash, R., El-Rufaie, O., Zoubeidi, T., Al-Shboul, Q.M. and Sabri S.M. (2004). Profile of mental disorders among the elderly United Arab Emirates population: sociodemographic correlates. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19, 344-351. (5) El-Rufaie, O., Al-Sabosy, M., Abuzeid, M.S. and Ghubash, R. (2002). Personality profile among primary care patients: Experimenting with the Arabic IPDE ICD-10. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 104, 1-5. (6) Ghubash, R., Daradkeh, T., El-Rufaie, O. and Abou-Saleh, M. (2001). A comparison of the validity of the two psychiatric screening questionnaires: Arabic General Health Questionnaire (AGHQ) and Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) in UAE, using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis. European Psychiatry, 16, 122-126. (7) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., Al-Sabosy, M.M.A., Bener, A and Abuzeid, M.S.O. (1999). Somatised mental disorder among primary care Arab patients: I: Prevalence, clinical and sociodemographic characteristics. Journal of Psychosomatic Research Vol.46, No.6, 549-555. (8) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., Bener, A., Ali, T and Abuzeid, M.S. (1999). Psychiatric morbidity among hypertensive men: A controlled study. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.53, No.1, 41-44. (9) Daradkeh, T., Ghubash, R. and El-Rufaie, O. (1999). The rationale, development, reliability and validity of a new screening psychiatric instrument. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 34, 223-228. (10) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., Bener, A., Ali, T.A. and Abuzeid, M.S.O. (1997). Psychiatric morbidity among Type 2 diabetic patients: A controlled primary care survey. Primary care Psychiatry,3, 189-194. (11) El-Rufaie, O.E.F. and Daradkeh, T.(1997). The Arabic General Health Questionnaire (AGHQ): A culture-relevant version. Primary Care Psychiatry, 3, 141-144. (12) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., Bener, A., Abuzeid, M.S.O. and Ali, T.A. (1997). Sexual dysfunction among type II diabetic men: A controlled study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol.43, No.6, 605-612. (13) Ghubash, R. and El-Rufaie, O.E.F. (1997). Psychiatric morbidity among sentenced male prisoners in Dubai: Transcultural perspectives. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Vol 8, No.2, 440-446. (14) El-Rufaie, O.E.F. and Daradkeh, T.K. (1997). Psychiatric screening in primary health care: Transcultural application of psychiatric instruments. Primary Care Psychiatry, 3, 37-43. (15) El-Rufaie, O.E.F., Absood, G. and Abou-Saleh, M.T.(1997). The Primary Care Anxiety and Depression (PCAD) Scale: A culture oriented screening scale. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 95, 119-124. The abstract of this paper is also published in the newsletter, PSYCH SCAN of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (16) El-Rufaie, O.F. and Daradkeh, T. (1996). Validation of the Arabic versions of the 30 and 12 - item General Health Questionnaires in primary care patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 662-664. (17) El-Rufaie, O.E.F. and Absood, G.H. (1995). Re-testing the validity of the Arabic version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) Scale in primary health care. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 30, 26-31 (18) El-Rufaie, O.E.F and Absood, G.H.(1994) Validity Study of the Self-Reporting Questionnaire (S.R.Q-20) in Primary Health Care in The United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. Vol.4, 45-53. (19) El-Rufaie O.E.F. and Absood, G.H. (1993). Minor Psychiatric Morbidity in Primary Health Care: Prevalence, Nature and Severity. The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol.39 No.3, 159-166.  
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