Journal article

Addressing physical health in mental illness: the urgent need to translate evidence-based interventions into routine clinical practice

B O'Donoghue

Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021


People affected by severe mental health disorders have a greatly reduced life expectancy compared to their non-affected peers. Cardiovascular disease is the main contributor to this early mortality, caused by higher rates of smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, sleep disturbance, excessive alcohol use or substance abuse and medication side effects. Therefore, we need to take a preventative approach and translate effective interventions for physical health into routine clinical practice. These interventions should be delivered across all stages of mental health disorders and could also have the added benefit of leading to improvements in mental health. Furthermore, we need to advocat..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors (or declare financial support if appropriate). Associate Professor Brian O'Donoghue is supported by the National Health andMedical Research Council (NHMRC) research fellowship.