Physical Illness and Schizophrenia

A Review of the Evidence

Physical Illness and Schizophrenia

It is well established that people suffering from schizophrenia have a higher prevalence of serious physical illness and a higher mortality than the general population. This book provides the first comprehensive and systematic review of current research evidence on the prevalence of physical diseases in people with schizophrenia, a disorder afflicting approximately 1% of the global population, and a group with mortality rates twice as high as the general population. The epidemiological data described in this book will provide the basis for improved awareness of these problems and better treatment for patients. This is the first in a series of books addressing an issue emerging as a priority in the mental health field: the timely and proper recognition of physical health problems in people with mental disorders. They should be read by policy makers, service managers, mental health professionals and general practitioners.


"This is a highly valuable review of the available literature on a greatly underappreciated topic. It is likely that this book will become a source document for many future efforts in the long road ahead to improve the status of prevention and treatment for physical health conditions in individuals with major mental disorders like schizophrenia. From this perspective, the book is an important starting place for any discussion of how we can do better in the prevention of disease for this population." PsycCRITIQUES

"This book will be particularly useful for those doing research on co-occurring medical illness and those researching schizophrenia both in psychiatry and in general medicine. Those involved in public policy regarding service delivery and research funding will find a wealth of information, as well as an appreciation for the limits of our current knowledge." - Marie Hobart, Psychiatric Services

'… beyond its enormous merit in giving more salience to the issue of physical comorbidity in patients with schizophrenia, the book of Leuch et al. will hopefully ignite a new global research offensive in this field. The book is certainly uniquely suited to achieving this task.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research