Multimorbidität bei älteren psychiatrischen Patienten

Translated title of the contribution: Multimorbidity in elder psychiatric patients

Klaus Junghanns*, Tilman Wetterling

*Corresponding author for this work


Multimorbidity in older psychiatric patients. Objective Multimorbidity represents a great challenge in the medical care of older people. Methods This exploratory study was part of the Gerontopsychiatry study Berlin (Gepsy-B), an analysis of data on all 941 older inpatients (> 65 years) admitted to a psychiatric hospital within a period of 3 years. Results: Nearly all patients (94,2%) suffered from a chronic somatic disorder. The mean number of chronic somatic disorders was 2.70+1.39 and showed age dependency (r=0.257, p <.001). The most prevalent disorders were cerebrovascular disorders (56.5%), hypertension (54.8%), chronic ischemic heart diseases or arrhythmias (52.2%) and diabetes mellitus type II (37.5%). Furthermore, many of the patients suffered from disabilities such as movement disorders (26.2%), severe hearing loss (16.5%), incontinence (15.1%) or severely reduced vision (7.4%). Organic brain disorders were more often associated with chronic somatic disorders or disabilities. Conclusions Older patients treated for psychiatric disorders very often show somatic multimorbidity that probably limit treatment outcome.

Translated title of the contributionMultimorbidity in elder psychiatric patients
Original languageGerman
JournalFortschritte der Neurologie Psychiatrie
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)564-570
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 18.10.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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