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Chapter 41. Psychiatric Aspects of Chronic Physical Disorders

D. Richard Martini, M.D.; John V. Lavigne, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.466523

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Approximately 10–20 million children in the United States experience a medical condition that requires periodic intervention (Wallander et al. 2003). For most of these children, the condition is mild and requires routine, periodic intervention, but approximately 10% of these children and adolescents have conditions that affect them nearly every day (Wallander et al. 2003). Advances in medicine have improved survival to such an extent that nearly 90% of children whose conditions were at one time considered terminal are now living into adulthood (Thompson and Gustafson 1996). While some of these individuals will experience a full recovery, the number of people who must live with a chronic condition will continue to increase.

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