Concurrent Morbidity Between Physical and Mental Illness: An Epidemiologic Examination
Two broad research traditions have examined the relationship between physical and mental illness: epidemiologic surveys and clinical studies (Houpt, Orleans, George, et al., 1979; 1980). Epidemiologic surveys typically are based on community samples, obtain data about both physical and mental illness from respondents’ self-reports, and measure both physical and mental illness in terms of symptom counts or degree of functional impairment. Clinical studies typically are based on the patient population of a single health service setting, rely upon patient charts for information about physical and mental illness, and emphasize diagnosis rather than impairment.
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