Preventable physical illness in people with mental health problems

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    Abstract

    [Truncated] Overview. Nearly one in five Western Australians suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. This thesis examines the extent to which people who have used mental health services suffer from different rates of physical disorders compared to the general population. Methods. A population-based record linkage study was undertaken, using the WA Health Services Research Linked Database. Records for all users of mental health services in WA were linked with hospital admission records, cancer registrations and death records. The Mental Health Information System records both inpatient and outpatient service contacts for 202,245 people who were users of mental health services in 1966-95 (representing an average of 7.5% of the population of WA at any one time). Follow-up for mortality and admission to acute hospitals was available for the period 1980-95. Mortality rates, cancer incidence rates and hospital admission rates were calculated for the population of users of mental health services, and compared with rates in the general population of WA.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
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    Publication statusUnpublished - 2001

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