Comorbidities & Mental Health

Thursday, October 30th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The term ‘comorbidities’ is defined as the presence of one or more disorders or diseases, but rarely do we associate it with one or more mental diseases. But maybe we should. Mental health is getting more national play evidenced by the mandate for mental healthcare parity signed by President Bush earlier this month. This week’s DM Update highlights emerging issues in this area: One study links COPD patients with greater risks of depression, and a care management thought leader notes that a large portion of chronically ill patients in the Medicaid population also suffer from depression and schizophrenia.

Also, don’t miss your last chance to take HIN’s monthly survey on depression and DM by October 31, and receive a free executive summary of results compiled from more than 200 healthcare organizations.

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