NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators

1.10 Activities to manage chronic conditions should be available for people with chronic physical health problems.


The co-occurrence of physical illness and mental health problems is well known and growing evidence suggests a complex interplay between physical and mental health.[1] Psychiatric surveys have found that various long-standing physical health conditions increase the rate of mental health problem reporting.[2]


  1. Herman H, Saxena S, Moodie R & Walker L (2005). Promoting mental health as a public health priority. In H Herrman, S Saxena & R Moodie (Eds). Promoting mental health: Concepts, emerging evidence and practice. WHO: Geneva.

  2. Melzer H, Gill B, Petticrew M, Hinds K (1995). Surveys of psychiatric morbidity in Great Britain. Report 2: Physical complaints, service use and treatment of adults with psychiatric disorder. HMSO: London.