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Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 688–693 | Cite as

Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Schizophrenia Receiving Continuous Medical Care

  • Michael Ussher
  • Reena Doshi
  • Amandeep Sampuran
  • Robert West
Brief Report

Abstract

Modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease were assessed among individuals with schizophrenia receiving continuous (i.e. 24-h) medical care. Participants tended to have higher levels of risk factors than for the general population. They had similar levels of risk factors as for previous UK studies of patients not receiving continuous care, except they tended to have higher smoking rates and lower physical activity levels, although statistical comparisons were not possible. Among patients with schizophrenia receiving continuous medical care interventions for health behavior change may need to be further prioritized and there is a need to capitalize on the ready availability of social support in these settings.

Keywords

Schizophrenia Cardiovascular disease Risk factors 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Gary Tubman, Amy Lansdown and Thomas Philips for help with data collection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Ussher
    • 1
  • Reena Doshi
    • 1
  • Amandeep Sampuran
    • 1
  • Robert West
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Population, Health Sciences and EducationSt George’s University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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