Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 169–184

The Poor General Health of the Severely Mentally Ill: Impact of Schizophrenic Diagnosis

Authors

    • San Francisco Community Health Systems, School of NursingUniversity of California
  • R. N. Mary C. White
    • San Francisco Community Health Systems, School of NursingUniversity of California
  • R. N. Gerri Collins-Bride
    • San Francisco Community Health Systems, School of NursingUniversity of California
  • John Nickens
    • San Francisco Progress Foundation
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-005-2651-z

Cite this article as:
Chafetz, R.N.L., White, R.N.M.C., Collins-Bride, R.N.G. et al. Community Ment Health J (2005) 41: 169. doi:10.1007/s10597-005-2651-z

Abstract

This study focused on poor health among the severely mentally ill and additional risks associated with schizophrenia. Records of 781 clients in short-term residential treatment programs provided data. The schizophrenic subgroup was compared to others in bivariate analyses, with significant findings included in logistic regression. Those with schizophrenia were more likely to be male, unemployed, and insured by MediCal/Medicare. Most health problems occurred at similar rates across diagnoses, reflecting common environmental risk factors. Those with schizophrenia had less substance abuse and fewer liver conditions, but more diabetes and chronic respiratory problems. Implications for providers and for research are discussed.

Keywords

schizophreniasevere mental illnessmedical co-morbiditydiabetesrespiratoryrisk factors

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© Springer 2005