Opinion Article: The role of psychological features in chronic diseases, advancements and perspectives

Emanuele Maria Merlo


Nowadays, a growing interest links clinical psychology and chronic diseases. This concern is appreciable as it refers to several current changes to medical progress and areas of scientific production. As suggested by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (D.M. 4th October 2000), the core of Clinical Psychology is represented by the study methods, the intervention techniques in the various operational models, the clinical psychological applications in several areas and fields such as healthcare, psychological distress, psychological aspects and psychopathology.


Clinical Psychology; Chronic disease; Quality of life; Psychopathology.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6092/2282-1619/2019.7.2341


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