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An Urgent Call to Address the Deadly Consequences of Serious Mental Disorders

Shuichi Suetani, MBChB1; Harvey A. Whiteford, MBBS, PhD1,2; John J. McGrath, PhD, MD1,3
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1Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, The Park Centre for Mental Health, Wacol, Australia
2School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Herston, Australia
3Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(12):1166-1167. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1981.
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The article by Olfson and colleagues1 in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry is a reminder of how we are failing to meet the needs of people with schizophrenia. Based on approximately 74 000 deaths within a cohort of 1.1 million individuals with schizophrenia, those with schizophrenia were more than 3.5 times as likely to die in the follow-up period compared with adults in the general population. On average, the years of potential life lost for each deceased individual were 28.5 years. More than 85% of the known all-cause deaths were attributed to natural causes, of which cardiovascular disease contributed 35%, followed by cancer (17%) and diabetes mellitus (5%). The standardized mortality ratios for cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were 3.6 and 9.9, respectively.

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