4.4 Multimorbidity and TB-associated disabilities

TB often occurs along with other illnesses – not only mental disorders but also HIV, diabetes, hypertension and other conditions (70). These comorbidities are also independently associated with a higher risk of mental health problems (71). Health workers in TB and mental health services should endeavor to understand each person’s main priorities and concerns and support the treatment of both TB and mental disorders in order to comprehensively address the person’s needs. This underscores the importance of integrating mental health care and social protection in physical health care for many conditions, including TB and mental disorders.

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