Management of comorbid medical conditions in schizophrenia

Jeffrey T. Rado*

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Patients with schizophrenia endure a markedly greater medical disease burden than the general population. In particular, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are highly prevalent and lead to an increased overall mortality. The causes are multifactorial and include lifestyle factors (e.g., poor dietary habits), obstacles related to health care delivery, and the adverse effects of antipsychotic medications. The role of these various factors on the physical health of patients with schizophrenia and practical approaches to their management are discussed in this chapter, as well as the prevalence and management of non-cardiometabolic diseases, such as cancer and infectious diseases. The role of medication and the impact of these diseases on medication selection are discussed in more detail in Chap. 12.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSchizophrenia
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781493906567
ISBN (Print)1493906550, 9781493906550
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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