Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Medford, USA
Patients with psychiatric illness have high rates of co-morbid medical illness, early mortality, and increased total healthcare costs. What is less well appreciated is that this co-morbidity often complicates the clinical management of these conditions and that medical disorders can directly produce psychiatric illnesses. In this workshop Prof. Paul Summergrad will review data on co-morbidity, mortality and ways in which this medical psychiatric illness can affect clinical decision making and care. Common clinical examples will be reviewed along with implications for our understanding of the etiology of psychiatric disorders.