Is the mortality rate increased in patients with schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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People with schizophrenia have a 5% lifetime risk of suicide. [55] Other factors that contribute to increased mortality include lifestyle issues such as cigarette smoking, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise, and perhaps poorer medical care and complications of medications. A study from Britain shows that this “mortality gap” is increasing. [56]


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