How a patient's lifespan is impacted by psychiatric disorders and co-morbid medical conditions

JAMA PsychiatryScott Cunningham MD PhD, et al. | July 22, 2022

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Thoroughly screening patients with psychiatric disorders for medical conditions will facilitate early treatment, thereby reducing premature mortality.

A population-based cohort was conducted involving 5,946,800 patients (age range, 7-52 years) with psychiatric disorders and/or medical conditions.

The primary outcome was years of life lost.

The mean mortality rate ratio (MRR) for patients with psychiatric disorders and co-morbid medical conditions was 5.90 and the reduction in life expectancy was 11.35 years.

The MMR for co-morbid neurologic and hematologic conditions, and cancer were 1.22, 2.67, and 4.07, respectively.

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