Reduced mortality among Department of Veterans Affairs patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder lost to follow-up and engaged in active outreach to return for care

Davis CL, Kilbourne AM, Blow FC, Pierce JR, Winkel BM, Huycke E, Langberg R, Lyle D, Phillips Y, Visnic S. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102 Suppl 1:S74-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300502. Epub 2012 Jan 25.  SOURCE:  Veterans Health Administration, Office of Medical Inspector, Washington, DC 20420, USA. OBJECTIVES:  We determined whether contacting Department of Veterans […]

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Schizophrenia, obesity, and antipsychotic medications: what can we do?

Obesity is one of the most common physical health problems among patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Multifactorial in origin, obesity can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle as well as the effects of psychotropic medications such as second-generation antipsychotics. Excess body weight increases the risk for many medical problems, including […]

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