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Gupta, Aditya K
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Author Address: Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, 585 Springbank Dr, Suite 101, London, ON, N6J 1H3, Canada. email@example.com
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4546Author: Gupta, M. A. and Gupta, A. K.
Title: A practical approach to the assessment of psychosocial and psychiatric comorbidity in the dermatology patient
Journal: Clin Dermatol
Short Title: A practical approach to the assessment of psychosocial and psychiatric comorbidity in the dermatology patient
Alternate Journal: Clinics in dermatology
ISSN: 1879-1131 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23245974
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Abstract: It is well recognized that the clinical course of many dermatologic disorders is the result of a complex and sometimes reciprocal interaction between biological, psychiatric/psychological, and social factors that can have a predisposing, precipitating, and/or perpetuating role for the dermatologic disorder. Assessment of psychiatric and psychosocial comorbidity, which can be present in up to 30% of dermatology patients, is an important component of the overall clinical evaluation of the patient. This paper discusses a practical approach to the assessment of psychosocial and psychiatric factors, including suicide risk and parasuicidal behaviors in the dermatology patient. The approach further classifies these factors as predisposing, precipitating, and/or perpetuating, in order to aid the clinician with the possible secondary and tertiary prevention of some dermatologic disorders by management of their psychosocial and psychiatric comorbidity.