Mortality Gap Widening for the Mentally Ill

The mortality gap between people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and the general population continues to widen in the United Kingdom, despite efforts by the government and health professionals to improve mental healthcare, according to a new study.

The findings highlight the challenge faced by the UK government’s recent mental health strategy, which has stated clearly that “fewer people with mental health problems will die prematurely,” write Uy Hoang, MD, from the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and colleagues.

“We do welcome the government’s new policies, but in light of what our results are showing, making good on these policies is going to be a real challenge for them,” Dr. Hoang told Medscape Medical News.

The study was published online September 13 in the British Medical Journal….

by Fran Lowry

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