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Editor's Note
December 2015

Improving the Health of Persons With Serious Mental Illness

JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(12):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6159

Persons with serious mental illness have a high rate of early mortality. Contributing factors include increased prevalence of smoking and other forms of substance abuse, sedentary lifestyle, and adverse effects of psychotropic medication use. These greater risks for premature death are compounded by poor access to medical care. Some individuals with serious mental illness are uncomfortable seeking care at physical health sites, and most mental health sites do not have the capability of providing needed physical health care.

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