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Action is urged to improve physical health in severe mental illness

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 25 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5729
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Doctors and other health professionals have come together to urge greater action to tackle poor physical health in people with severe mental illness.

A report published by organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and the Royal College of General Practitioners makes a number of recommendations to ensure that people with severe mental illness receive the same standards of physical healthcare as the general population and to reduce their risk of premature death.1

The authors note that nearly half (46%) of people with a severe mental illness have …

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