Year: 1985 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.42, (January 1985), p.98-103 SIEC No: 20010356

Psychiatry as a medical discipline has a special concern for preventing premature deaths in psychiatric patients. Such patients continue to be at excess mortality risk despite changing patterns of causes of death & improvements in the treatment of some diagnostic groups. In this overview of current findings & research trends, the authors found a continuing need for mortality studies & increased opportunities for integrating these investigations with other longitudinal studies of psychiatric populations. (51 refs.)