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March 1988

Causes of Death in DSM-III Schizophrenics and Other Psychotics (Atypical Group)A Comparison With the General Population

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatry Service, Brockton/West Roxbury Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brockton, Mass (Drs Buda and Tsuang and Mr Fleming); Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Mental Health Center (Drs Buda and Tsuang and Mr Fleming), and the Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Harvard Schools of Medicine and Public Health (Dr Tsuang), Boston.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1988;45(3):283-285. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1988.01800270101012

• Causes of death were determined in a cohort of DSM-III schizophrenics and in a group of "other" psychotics (with schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, and atypical psychoses), and comparisons were made with the general population. Five causes of death were considered in this analysis: (1) infections, (2) neoplasms, (3) cardiovascular, (4) unnatural, and (5) other. Suicide occurred in excess among other psychotics compared with schizophrenics and with the general population.