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The section “Definitions” updated to reflect recent research. Bibliography expanded and updated.

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date: 17 August 2017

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This entry defines comorbidity and similar terms used in various fields of practice. It addresses the prevalence of comorbidity, suggests explanations for comorbidity, and discusses integrated treatment for comorbid conditions and the importance of the concept of comorbidity in social work practice.

Keywords: coexisting disorders, comorbidity, co-occurring disorders, cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities, dual diagnoses, intellectual disabilities, medical illness, mental disabilities, mental disorders, mental illness, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, substance-use disorders

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