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Serious Mental Illness and Rehospitalization, An Update

People with serious mental illness are two-times more likely to be readmitted within 30-days of discharge for a hospitalization for medical or surgical reasons compared to individuals without a mental illness, according to new research published earlier this month.

As has been previously reported, people suffering from the most severe psychiatric disorders have significantly higher rates of co-occurring physical health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and chronic kidney conditions – a fact that contributes to the 25-year difference in life expectancy for individuals suffering from severe mental illness compared to others. In addition to dealing with the barriers to treatment for one’s schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression, people with serious mental illness also have significant medical and surgical treatment needs due to their chronic physical conditions. To make matters worse, research has shown that individuals with serious mental illness receive lower quality medical care compared to other individuals. Read more

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