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Increased prevalence of chronic physical health disorders in Australians with diagnosed mental illness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23025372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare chronic physical health disorder prevalence amongst Australian adults with and without mental illness.
METHOD: Total n=1,716 participants (58% female) with a mean age of 52 ± 13 years (range: 18 to 89 years) completed an online survey of Australian adults in 2010. Outcome measures including prevalence of chronic physical conditions and self-reported body mass index (BMI) in n=387 (23%) with a self-reported mental illness diagnosis were compared to respondents without mental illness.
RESULTS: A significantly higher proportion of participants with mental illness were obese (BMI ≥ 30; 31 vs 24%, p=0.005). Adjusted odds ratios (OR) for coronary heart disease, diabetes, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and food allergies or intolerances (OR range: 1.54-3.19) demonstrated that chronic physical disorders were significantly more common in participants with a mental illness.
CONCLUSION: Australian adults with a diagnosis for mental illness have a significantly increased likelihood of demonstrating chronic physical health disorders compared to persons without mental illness.
IMPLICATIONS: Health professionals must be alert to the increased likelihood of comorbid chronic physical disorders in persons with a mental illness and should consider the adoption of holistic approaches when treating those with either a mental or physical illness.
David Scott; Karena Burke; Susan Williams; Brenda Happell; Doreen Canoy; Kevin Ronan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1753-6405     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  2013-01-04     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2012 Public Health Association of Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Australia / epidemiology
Body Mass Index
Case-Control Studies
Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Status
Health Surveys
Mental Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  psychology
Middle Aged
Self Report
Young Adult
Grant Support
11692//Cancer Research UK

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