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May 15, 2019

Treatment Considerations in Severe Mental Illness: Caring for the Whole Patient

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 15, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0903

Although medical advances have greatly increased the life span of individuals in the general population, outcomes for individuals with mental illness, particularly severe mental illness (SMI), have lagged behind. Multiple systematic reviews have documented premature mortality of 10 to 20 years in those with SMI. Despite calls to action, the mortality gap has persisted and may be widening.1