Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V10140556
Excess mortality of schizophrenia
Patients with schizophrenia have a diminished life expectancy of 15-20 years compared to the general population. Over the last decades excess mortality of suicide has decreased, whereas excess mortality of physical illness, especially cardiovascular disease has increased. Focus attends current somatic co-morbidity, side effects to medication and poor lifestyle. Further actions to prevent excess mortality of physical illness are needed.