Article

Cardiovascular risk factors in patients with schizophrenia receiving continuous medical care

Citation

Ussher M, Doshi R, Sampuran A & West R (2011) Cardiovascular risk factors in patients with schizophrenia receiving continuous medical care. Community Mental Health Journal, 47 (6), pp. 688-693. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-011-9376-y

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

Journal
Community Mental Health Journal: Volume 47, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2011
Publication date online31/01/2011
Date accepted by journal03/01/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28808
ISSN0010-3853
eISSN1573-2789