The physical health of patients with psychiatric disorders: What is the role of the psychiatrist?

Geetha Reddy*, Jeffrey T. Rado

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Abstract

People with chronic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, experience excessive medical morbidity and mortality. This results from various patient, disease, and health-system factors. Among them is inadequate screening for and treatment of common medical conditions. There is a growing impetus for psychiatrists to play a larger role in the physical health of their patients. Clinical context, provider comfort and competence, and patient preference are all factors that must be considered. Psychiatrists’ increasing involvement in managing the physical health issues of their patients is a key approach to reducing health disparities among people with chronic mental disorders. [Psychiatr Ann. 2017;47(7):362-367.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-367
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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