Increasing Treatment Efficiency and Effectiveness: Rethinking Approaches to Assessing and Treating Comorbid Disorders
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
© 2013 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association.
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 285–290, September 2013
How to Cite
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 20: 285–290, 2013]
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 24 MAY 2013
- integrated treatment;
- psychological mechanisms
The review by Teng and colleagues (2013) makes clear that there exist a number of problems in how we currently conceptualize, assess, and treat (or not treat) comorbid disorders. We make a number of assessments and clinical research suggestions that are meant to improve our understanding and treatment of comorbid conditions that likely share important psychological mechanisms. These suggestions involve (a) including individuals with multiple and serious comorbidities in treatment outcome research, (b) implementing assessment of relevant comorbid conditions in clinical research, (c) emphasizing common mechanisms underlying co-occurring problems, and (d) providing integrated treatment for comorbid disorders. The ultimate goal is to increase our ability to provide treatment that is both effective and efficient for individuals with multiple comorbidities.