Psychiatric populations show high rates
of significant medical disease – about 50% of in-patients
in most studies. They also tend to receive poorer treatment for
physical disease than the rest of the population.
There is ongoing discussion about how best to
co-ordinate effective treatment of physical disease in people with
severe mental illness. However, there is no doubt that
psychiatrists must be competent in the recognition and management
of physical diseases – especially those which
are particularly common in the population which they treat.
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