Patterns of chronic physical multimorbidity in psychiatric and general population

Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Igor FilipčićNorman Sartorius


A growing body of evidence has demonstrated the high prevalence and complexity of chronic physical multimorbidity defined as ≥2 chronic physical illness in people with psychiatric disorders. The present study aimed to assess differences in the prevalence and patterns of self-reported chronic physical illness and multimorbidity in the general and psychiatric populations. We performed a latent class analysis of 15 self-reported chronic physical illnesses on a sample of 1060 psychiatric patients and 837 participants from the general population. Self-reported chronic physical illness and multimorbidity were significantly more prevalent in the population of psychiatric patients than in the general population (P < .001). Psychiatric patients had 27% (CI95% 24% - 30%) higher age-standardized relative risk for chronic physical illness and a 31% (CI95% 28% - 34%) higher for multimorbidity (P < .001). The number of chronic physical illnesses combinations was 52% higher in the psychiatric than in general population (255 vs 161 combinations respectively; P < .001). We identified four distinct latent classes: "Relatively healthy", "Musculoskeletal", "Hypertension and obesity", and "Complex multimorbidity" with no significant differences in ...Continue Reading


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