Physical health in people with psychosis
Dr Fiona Gaughran, Kings College London
Tuesday, 04 June 2019, 9.30am to 10.30am
Seminar Room, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital
Mental health conditions are linked to shorter average life expectancies. Cardiometabolic risk in particular is amplified, although the mortality and morbidity derive from a range of different conditions. This talk will discuss the relationships between severe mental illness and physical health. It will also summarise research from the NIHR-funded IMPaCT programme. IMPaCT included a prospective cohort study in first episode psychosis and an RCT to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a psychosocial health promotion intervention delivered as part of routine care by the patient’s own care co-ordinator in improving cardiometabolic risk at one year in people with established psychosis. We also examined vitamin D levels in view of the links to cardiometabolic risk and bone health. Overall, there are links between psychosis and a variety of physical health conditions. To reduce cardiometabolic risk once established is challenging. Maintaining health in early psychosis is thus a priority.