WPA Educational Module
PHYSICAL ILLNESS IN PATIENTS WITH SEVERE MENTAL DISORDERS (Part II)
(produced by a Task Force including M. De Hert, C.U. Correll, D. Cohen, S. Leucht, R. Uwakwe, J. Bobes, H.J. Moller, M. Cetkovich-Bakmas, D.M. Ndetei, J.W. Newcomer, I. Asai, S. Gautam, J. Detraux)
Slides based on the paper “Physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders. II. Barriers to care, monitoring and treatment guidelines, and recommendations at the system and individual levels” (World Psychiatry, in press) Rates of undiagnosed and untreated medical illnesses are higher in individuals with severe mental illness (SMI), compared to the general population
Disparities in health care access, utilization and provision, contribute to these poor physical health outcomes
Confluence of patient, provider, treatment and system factors has created a situation in which access to and quality of health care is problematic for individuals with SMI
Many psychiatrists consider their primary or, even, sole function to provide clinical care in terms of psychiatric symptom control and are reluctant to monitor physical health Background Barriers to recognition and management of physical illness in patients with SMI Barriers to recognition and management of somatic illness in patients with SMI ...