Schizophrenia linked to threefold increase in death risk

Dr. Ward notes that there are many ways to do this and they all need to be trialled, giving examples ranging from “embedding specialist medical clinics within mental health settings,” to helping and empowering people with schizophrenia “to become assertive seekers of effective treatment for chronic illness.”

He also urges that if there is to be “system-wide change” in healthcare, then those responsible for overseeing health systems need to report regularly on the physical health of people with schizophrenia.

The complex needs of individuals with schizophrenia and comorbid medical conditions create a tremendous challenge to providers and healthcare systems more broadly.”

Dr. Paul Kurdyak