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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume211
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sept 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sept 2017

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