Chapter 19. Conceptual and Methodological Considerations in Comorbidity

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director2,3 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President4,5
  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director2,3,
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President4,5 and
  3. Sandra E. Cordoba1

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch19

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Salloum, I. M., Mezzich, J. E. and Cordoba, S. E. (2009) Conceptual and Methodological Considerations in Comorbidity, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 3

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 4

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 5

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    International Center for Mental Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  2. 2

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  3. 3

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  4. 4

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  5. 5

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485

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Keywords:

  • conceptual and methodological considerations in comorbidity;
  • clinical comorbidities, defining realities of clinical care;
  • comorbidity - ‘any distinct additional clinical entity’;
  • polygenic disorders, resulting from interaction of multiple common responsible genes;
  • comorbidity of mental illness, including any combination of different health-related problems;
  • latency model, emphasizing independent effects of discrete events;
  • person-centred integrative diagnosis and care;
  • community-oriented and comprehensive approach, key to addressing complexities of clinical comorbidities;
  • vulnerability factors, involving constellation of genetic susceptibility

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Concept of Comorbidity

  • Clinicaland Conceptual Bases of the Relationship Between Comorbid Conditions

  • Themultiple Faces of Comorbidity Inmentalhealth

  • Contributors to Comorbidity

  • Comorbidity and the Need for Person-Centred Integrative Diagnosis and Care

  • ConclusionS

  • References