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07.10.13

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Electrocardiographic Abnormalities as Potential Contributors to Premature Mortality in Patients With Mental Illness in a Psychiatric Day Treatment Program

Mark Linzer, MD; Karen C. Baker, MPH; Sara Poplau, BA; Ellen Coffey, MD; Gautam Shroff, MD; Inna Baum, BA; Patrick Yoder, PharmD; and Pamela Clifford, RN, MPH

Patients with mental illness can die up to 25 years sooner than those without mental illness. Linzer and colleagues investigated reasons for this disparity by studying 96 patients who attended a psychiatric day treatment program. They hypothesized that electrocardiograms performed on the psychiatric outpatients would display abnormal findings that might explain, in part, the premature mortality of patients with mental illness.

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