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

Int J Psychiatry Med. 2007;37(1):1-9. doi: 10.2190/41X8-42QW-2571-H20G.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Comorbidity
  • Comprehensive Health Care
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Female
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*