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Improving life expectancy in people with serious mental illness: should we place more emphasis on primary prevention?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sep 2017
Accepted/In press26 May 2017
E-pub ahead of print7 Sep 2017


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People with serious mental illness have a reduced life expectancy which is partly attributable to increased cardiovascular disease. One approach to address this is regular physical health monitoring. However, physical health monitoring is poorly implemented in everyday clinical practice and there is little evidence to suggest that it improves physical health. We argue that greater emphasis should be placed on primary prevention strategies such as assertive smoking cessation, dietary and exercise interventions, and more judicious psychotropic prescribing.

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