Improving the Life Expectancy of Patients with Serious Mental Illness: The Integrated Clinician's Role
Life expectancy for persons diagnosed with serio us mental illness is drastically reduced compared to the general population, with most premature deaths as a result of cancer or cardiovascular disease. When completed regularly preventative health screenings may detect early stage disease, improving patient prognosis, and reducing death rates for these diseases. However, persons with serious mental illness are less likely to complete these screenings despite engagement in regular health care activities.
- Review common medical diagnosis and disorders that contribute to reduced life expectancy, symptoms that may mimic psychiatric illness.
- Identify prevention strategies for these diseases.
- Provide practical assessment tools for easy application to daily practice.
Dr Arianne Roy is a licensed mental health counselor who received a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. She has over 10 years experience working with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and is passionate about improving the lives of the undeserved populations in our community through integrated healthcare. Dr Roy's doctorate research focused on the importance of improving preventative health screening with Seriously Mentally Ill adults. Dr Roy is the Director of Clinical Strategy and Analytics at Terros Health, a non-profit whole healthcare agency focused on inspiring change for life.