Physical healthcare in severe mental illness

By Dr Steve Brown

Physical healthcare in severe mental illnessPsychiatric 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 (SMI). 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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