People With Serious Mental Illnesses More Likely To Experience Injuries.

MedWire (7/20, Cowen) reports, “People with serious mental illnesses are significantly more likely to experience injuries than the general population,” according to a study published online June 2 in the journal Injury Prevention. “In a seven-year study of 6,234 Medicaid recipients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other serious mental illnesses, the researchers found that the incidence of injuries requiring a visit to the emergency department or hospital admittance was 80% higher than in the general population.” In addition, investigators “found that the risk for fatal injuries was 4.7 times greater in people with serious mental illnesses, compared with the general population.”

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— “Injury risk increased in patients with serious mental illnesses,”Mark Cowen, MedWire News, July 20, 2012.

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