Co-Occurrence of Physical and Mental Health Conditions May Complicate Diagnosis, Treatment, and Disease Progression

July 23, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​When physical health conditions and mental and/or substance use disorders (M/SUDs) occur together, one condition may mask the other, complicating diagnosis and treatment and furthering disease progression, according to a June 2018 statistical brief released by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Examining data on adult inpatients, HCUP found that the co-occurrence of physical health conditions and M/SUD increased from 38.4% of inpatient stays in 2010 to 45.0% of stays in 2014. In 2014, the report says, 84.2% of 1.8 million stays for an M/SUD involved a co-occurring, secondary physical health condition, and 42.4% of 27.8 million stays for a physical health condition involved a co-occurring, secondary M/SUD diagnosis.

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