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People with schizophrenia often have impaired physical health and suffer from disproportionately with a number of physical disorders[1]. To some degree these associations can account for the excess mortality of schizophrenia.[2]


We need here a table comparing the incidence of various physical disorders amongst people with schizophrenia vs the general population.

See alsoEdit


  1. Cohen A and Phelan M (2001) The physical health of patients with mental illness: a neglected area, Mental Health Promotion Update 2 pp15–6.
  2. Brown S, Inskip H and Barraclough B (2000) Causes of the excess mortality of schizophrenia, British Journal of Psychiatry, 177, pp212.

Further readingEdit

  • Bushe CJ, Bradley AJ, Wildgust HJ, Hodgson RE. Schizophrenia and breast cancer incidence: a systematic review of clinical studies. Schizophrenia Res 2009; 114(1-3).
  • Department of Health. Choosing health:supporting the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness - commissioning framework. Department of Health 2006. Full Text
  • Dinan T et al (2004) Schizophrenia and Diabetes 2003. Expert Consensus Meeting, Dublin, 3–4 October 2003: consensus summary, British Journal of Psychiatry, 184(suppl. 47), pps112–4.
  • Nocon A (2004) Background evidence for the DRC’s formal investigation into health inequalities experienced by people with learning difficulties or mental health problems, Disability Rights Commission (, London.
  • Oud MJ, Meyboom-de Jong B. Somatic diseases in patients with schizophrenia in general practice: their prevalence and health care. BMC Family Practice 2009; 10: 32.
  • Phelan M, Stradins L and Morrison S (2001) Physical health of people with severe mental illness, British Medical Journal, 322:pp443–4.
  • Samele C (2004) Factors leading to poor physical health in people with psychosis, Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 13, pp141–5
  • Sherr L (1998) Health promotion and mental illness – an overview, Psychology, Health and Medicine, 3(1), 5–18.

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