Reviewed by Alison Heru, MD

Medical-psychiatric comorbidity is a term coined to describe the relationship between medical disease and psychological functioning. It is a complex but important subject. Chronic illness clearly presents a challenge to psychosocial adjustment on both the patient and his or her family. At the same time, psychosocial adjustment influences onset, course, treatment effectiveness, and management of a chronic illness, which ultimately bear upon the patient's quality of life.


Psychosocial issues include:

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