Sudden death in patients with serious mental illness.
CONCLUSIONS: The most common cause of sudden death was suicide, which was overwhelmingly the leading cause of sudden death in patients discharged or lost to follow up. The most potent predisposing factor appeared to be drug and alcohol problems. Mental health services should therefore advocate for comprehensive and evidence-based alcohol and drug policies, including access and availability to treatment programmes. PMID: 30543613 [PubMed - in process]
Authors: White M, Edwards R, Stanley J, Hoek J, Waa AM, Ouimet J, Quah AC, Fong GT PMID: 33032313 [PubMed - in process]
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