Researchers at 3DN have published a new study focusing on the health service use of people with severe mental illness. We compared the health service use of people with psychotic and non-psychotic forms of severe mental illness using linked datasets including data on hospital admissions, emergency department visits, and ambulatory mental health service contacts in NSW.
Our findings highlight a need for:
- expanded programmes to support the physical health of people with severe mental illness;
- a focus in mental health policy on people with complex support needs including cooccurring intellectual disability; and
- better integrated models of care to improve health outcomes for people experiencing severe mental illness.
The full paper is published here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00048674211031483