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Linking primary and secondary care data shows undertreated CVD in patients with severe mental illness

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2595 (Published 09 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2595
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Linking primary and secondary care data can successfully identify patients with severe mental illness whose cardiovascular disease (CVD) is undertreated, a UK study has shown,1 confirming that many of these patients are currently not receiving treatment for their heart disease.

Researchers studied primary and secondary care records of patients aged 16 and over with severe mental illness in one London borough and looked at their prevalence of CVD and the measurement and treatment of CVD risk factors.

The team extracted pseudonymised …

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