What can we do to reduce the burden of avoidable deaths in those with serious mental illness?

Crompton, David R., Groves, Aaron and McGrath, John J. (2010) What can we do to reduce the burden of avoidable deaths in those with serious mental illness?. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 19 1: 4-7.

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Author Crompton, David R.
Groves, Aaron
McGrath, John J.
Title What can we do to reduce the burden of avoidable deaths in those with serious mental illness?
Journal name Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1121-189X
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Editorial
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 7
Total pages 4
Editor Michele Tansella
Place of publication Rome, Italy
Publisher Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Individuals with schizophrenia have higher mortality rates compared to the general community. Apart from an increased risk of suicide, people with schizophrenia have an increased risk of death related to a wide range of comorbid physical conditions. There is evidence to suggest that much of this mortality is avoidable. The provision of assertive management of comorbid physical disorders has the potential to help close the differential mortality gap. While the primary data are robust, there is less empirical evidence to guide policy makers and service providers when dealing with these problems. Focused clinical programs aimed at reducing risk factors (e.g. smoking, obesity) and shared care between mental health teams and primary care providers can help reduce the burden of avoidable deaths. In light of recent evidence suggesting that the mortality gap has widened in recent decades, there is an urgent need to address the burden of avoidable deaths in those with serious mental illnesses.
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Additional Notes Publication date: "January-March 2010".

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