severe mental illness receive sub-standard physical care
by Angela Hussain
diagnosed with a severe mental illness are receiving sub-standard
levels of physical care, according to a report.
physical care contributes towards a three times higher rate of premature
death among those with severe mental problems, read the report
group is at greater risk of physical illness, often due to their
mental illness and lifestyle factors.
those contributing to the report - entitled Running On Empty - are
mental health charities Rethink and Sane, and the Royal College
report, released on June 28, urges professional to work in a "holistic"
approach to treating mental health, with physical and lifestyle
factors playing an important role.
show that people diagnosed with severe mental illness have up to
five times the risk of the general population of diabetes, and twice
the risk of cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases.
guidance recommends that people being treated for severe mental
health problems should undergo assessments of their physical health.
the latest study found 89% claimed not to have had a record of their
health history taken, and seven out of 10 said they had not been
offered lifestyle management advice.
Corry of the charity Rethink said: "The report reveals that
those affected by serious mental illness are being neglected and
offered an unacceptable level of care, despite being more at risk
of some of the most common physical illnesses than the general population."
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