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Int J Psychiatry Med. 2007;37(1):1-9.

Caring for body and soul: the importance of recognizing and managing psychological distress in persons with multimorbidity.

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Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. Martin.Fortin@USherbrooke.ca

Abstract

Primary care providers routinely encounter patients with interacting physical and psychological conditions that present as undifferentiated symptoms and feelings. Caring for the whole patient requires a good understanding of the interconnection between physical, psychological and social dimensions that may affect patients' well-being. In this article, we review the relationship between psychological distress and multimorbidity through the presentation of clinical vignettes from the real world of primary care, and discuss a team-based approach to managing care for this complex patient population.

PMID:
17645193
DOI:
10.2190/41X8-42QW-2571-H20G
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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