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Comorbidity: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

  • Rhonda BrownEmail author
  • Einar Thorsteinsson
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Abstract

Comorbidity refers to any distinct clinical entity that coexists with or occurs during the clinical course of another illness or condition. In other words, it refers to the co-occurrence of two or more distinct illnesses, disorders or conditions in a single individual. As a result of the comorbidity, some disorders tend to occur together more often than they occur alone. For example, anxiety, depressed mood and impaired sleep often co-occur, and in this instance, the co-occurrence appears to be the rule rather than the exception.

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  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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