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Deconstructing current comorbidity: Data from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being

Andrews, Gavin, Slade, Tim, Issakidis, Cathy,

Academic Literature

2002

Comorbidity in epidemiological surveys of mental disorders is common and of uncertain importance. Data from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being were used to evaluate the relationships between comorbidity, disability and service utilisation associated with particular mental disorders.

The number of current comorbid disorders predicted disability, distress, neuroticism score and service utilisation. Comorbidity is more frequent than expected, which might be due to the effect of one disorder on the symptom level of another, or to the action of common causes on both.To make clinical interventions more practical, current comorbidity is best reduced to a principal disorder and subsidiary disorders.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : The British Journal of Psychiatry

Location : UK and Ireland

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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