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Schizophrenia and physical health problems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
2009 (English)In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-690X, E-ISSN 1600-0447, Vol. 119, 15-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of physical health problems in patients with schizophrenia, and to appraise the impact on mortality rates and quality of life (QoL) in such patients. Method: A selective review of clinical articles relating to physical health such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and QoL. In addition, current guidelines and recommendations for the monitoring of physical health in schizophrenia were reviewed. Results: Cardiovascular events contribute most strongly to the excess mortality observed in schizophrenia. Other factors that contribute significantly include obesity, metabolic aberrations, smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise and poor diet - all of which might be targets for health promoting activities. Conclusion: Physical health problems in patients with schizophrenia are common, and contribute to the excess mortality rate, as well as decreasing QoL. Many adverse physical factors are malleable in such patients, and physical benefit may be gained by following practical guidelines for their monitoring and improvement.

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2009. Vol. 119, 15-21 p.
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cardiovascular disease, physical health, mortality, schizophrenia, quality of life
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148880DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01309.xISI: 000265578000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148880DiVA: diva2:403463
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-03-11 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved

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