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May 19, 2010

Why All of Medicine Should Care About DSM-5

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Dr Kupfer); and American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education, American Psychiatric Association, Arlington, Virginia (Dr Regier).

JAMA. 2010;303(19):1974-1975. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.646

The fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is scheduled for publication in 2013. Although psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals have a high level of interest in this forthcoming edition, other health care professionals should also be interested in the development of DSM-5. For instance, in primary care settings, approximately 30% to 50% of patients have prominent mental health symptoms or identifiable mental disorders, which have significant adverse consequences if left untreated.1 Even in surgical specialties, many presurgical and postsurgical developments are associated with significant mental health issues.