Often, mental illnesses and chronic diseases co-occur. People suffering from schizophrenia often develop diabetes, while people suffering from cancer often have a depression. This mental-physical multi-morbidity challenges the conventional thinking of the single disease paradigm in the healthcare system. In Denmark, multi-morbidity clinics enable collaboration between specialists, both within physical and mental diseases, in order to create a holistic, patient-centred treatment plan for each specific multimorbid patient.
Chronic care and mental health
Like many other countries around the world, Denmark is facing increased healthcare challenges within chronic diseases and mental health. Today, few people go through life without being affected by chronic health challenges such as diabetes, cancer, COPD, hypertension, in addition to mental illnesses.