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Depression and physical illness

This is a republished version of an article previously published in MJA Open

Depressive symptoms frequently accompany physical illness, but the association between the two is complex. Medically ill patients with depression have reductions in quality of life,1,2 increased medical morbidity and mortality,3 increased functional disability,4,5 reduced occupational performance,4 and reductions in role functioning. Other implications of depressive comorbidity include prolonged hospital admission, amplification of physical symptoms,6,7 reduction in adherence to medical treatment,8 and increased medical costs and health care use.9,10 Here, we focus on recognition, diagnosis and management of comorbid depression in…