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Physical illness in those with mental illness: Psychiatric services need to change focus

  • Oscar Eunan Daly (a1)
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Those with mental illness die prematurely. One reason may be that psychiatrists are overly concerned with risk, focusing too much on this aspect of practice and neglecting the physical health needs of our patients. We need to reconsider how we approach our patients and their needs.

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Physical illness in those with mental illness: Psychiatric services need to change focus

  • Oscar Eunan Daly (a1)
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Improved liaison with medical specialties

Jonathan P Rogers, Core Trainee in Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
20 January 2017

Daly's article is timely and makes appropriate reference to liaison with other services. Liaison Psychiatry is now well established and involves providing an enhanced standard of mental health care to those with severe physical health problems. We now also require reciprocal arrangements: enhanced medical care for those with severe mental illnesses. On the older adult ward where I work, we have a geriatrics registrar who attends weekly to answer questions and review any patients we are concerned about. She has commented on the fact that our patients can be more medically complicated than many of those she cares for in the acute trust. Her input can be invaluable and, we speculate, may reduce the number of occasions when patients have to undergo the disruption of being transferred between hospitals. ... More

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