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Redefining mental healthcare: Going multidisciplinary to manage multimorbidity

journal contribution
posted on 07.06.2021, 21:16 by Simon Rosenbaum, Grace McKeon, Brendon Stubbs, Megan Teychenne, Alexandra Parker, Robert StantonRobert Stanton, Felipe Schuch, Armit Mistry, Zachary Steel, Joseph Firth
People with mental illness are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular, respiratory, infectious and metabolic diseases compared with the general population.1This disparity in health occurs from the earliest presentation of mental ill health and affects people across the life span,1 reducing life expectancy by 15–30 years compared with the general population.2 This poor physical health, as well as the associated widening mortality gap,3 has been described as a ‘human rights scandal’.2 This problem led to a Lancet Psychiatry Commission1 on protecting the physical health of people living with mental illness, with a focus on prevention and early intervention across all levels of treatment. The Lancet Psychiatry Commission outlines advances in our understanding of the link between physical and mental health, summarising findings from over 100 systematic reviews and meta-analyses, providing a practical blueprint towards protecting the physical health of this vulnerable population.1 Importantly, the blueprint recommends that all people living with mental illness have access to exercise and dietary interventions as part of routine mental healthcare.

History

Volume

55

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

3

Number of Pages

3

eISSN

1473-0480

ISSN

0306-3674

Location

England

Publisher

B M J Group

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

12/05/2020

External Author Affiliations

Western Sydney University; Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil; King's College London, UK; University of New South Wales; Victoria University

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

No

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

British Journal of Sports Medicine