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The lifespan of people with severe mental illness (SMI) is shorter compared to the general population. This excess mortality is mainly due to physical illness. We report prevalence rates of different physical illnesses as well as important individual lifestyle choices, side effects of psychotropic treatment and disparities in health care access, utilization(More)
Physical disorders are, compared to the general population, more prevalent in people with severe mental illness (SMI). Although this excess morbidity and mortality is largely due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors, the screening and assessment of physical health aspects remains poor, even in developed countries. Moreover, specific patient, provider,(More)
Schizophrenia still has a poorer outcome than other affective disorders. One possible way to improve the long-term outcome of schizophrenic patients is to optimise long-term treatment with the aim of minimising the number of relapses and reducing residual symptoms. Atypical antipsychotics have various advantages over atypical neuroleptics. The first depot(More)
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder with a high risk of poor outcome in terms of symptoms and social functioning and possibly also progressive brain alterations. The relapse rate is high and each relapse can induce further aggravations. Thus, long-term treatment with the highest degree of effectiveness should be provided to the patients. Amongst others, the(More)
People with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder, have worse physical health and reduced life expectancy compared to the general population. The excess cardiovascular mortality associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is attributed to an increased risk of the modifiable coronary heart disease risk factors,(More)
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