Integrating General Health Care in Private Community Psychiatry Practice
J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(7):e19
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with chronic mental illness have multiple health care needs. These patients,
particularly those with schizophrenia, have higher incidences of heart disease
and metabolic syndrome than the general population and show increased risks of
infectious disease, pulmonary disease, and substance abuse. In order to
effectively monitor and treat these patients, psychiatric and general health
care should be integrated as much as possible. This presentation describes the
role of the psychiatrist in helping to maintain the physical health of his or
her patients, including monitoring for weight gain and other cardiac risk
factors that may be increased by psychotropic medications, and explains the
importance of communication between psychiatrists and primary care physicians.
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