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January 1985

Mortality Studies in PsychiatryShould They Stop or Proceed?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, and the Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, Butler Hospital, Providence, RI.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985;42(1):98-103. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790240100012

• Psychiatry as a medical discipline has a special concern for preventing premature deaths in psychiatric patients. Such patients continue to be at excess mortality risk despite changing patterns of causes of death and improvements in the treatment of some diagnostic groups. In this overview of current findings and research trends, we find a continuing need for mortality studies and increased opportunities for integrating these investigations with other longitudinal studies of psychiatric populations.