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Comment & Response
November 2015

Analysis of Mortality in Mental Disorders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Critical and Ethical Mental Health Research Group, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(11):1150. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1362

To the Editor The analysis by Walker et al1 of mortality in mental disorders inappropriately generalizes mortality estimates derived from clinical (primarily tertiary) samples, including high proportions of patients with psychotic disorders, to cases identified in population surveys. This markedly exaggerates the population mortality due to mental disorders.