Introduction to the Special Section on Medical Illnesses and Complications in Psychiatric Patients

Introduction to the Special Section on Medical Illnesses and Complications in Psychiatric Patients P1: ZBU Psychiatric Quarterly [psaq] ph183-psaq-460942 May 9, 2003 18:34 Style file version June 4th, 2002 ° C Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 3, Fall 2003 ( 2003) Special Section Medical Illnesses and Complications in Psychiatric Patients INTRODUCTION C. Deborah Cross, M.D. Guest Editor It is well known that psychiatric patients have significant medical ill- nesses which often go unrecognized and untreated. The three articles in this Special Section deal with some of these illnesses and complications that psychiatrists need to be cognizant of in order to more effectively care for their patients. The first article by Price and Goyette focuses on two of the more diffi- cult to treat chronic illnesses in psychiatric patients; HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). Though the treatment of HIV infection has progressed to the point that the illness is, by and large, considered chronic rather than fa- tal, the complexity of treatment with the multiplicity of providers and medications makes caring for these patients a daunting task for the psychiatrist. The mortality and morbidity of HCV is only now begin- ning to be recognized. The rate of new cases is increasing dramatically. Price and Goyette discuss both the challenges and the opportunities available Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Introduction to the Special Section on Medical Illnesses and Complications in Psychiatric Patients

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2003 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
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