Increasing Treatment Engagement for Persons with Serious Mental Illness Using Personal Health Records



John C. Fortney, Ph.D.; Richard R. Owen, M.D.

The American Journal of Psychiatry, VOL. 171, No. 3

March 1, 2014



Individuals living with serious mental illnesses experience a number of challenges to achieving optimal health outcomes. This population has high rates of problematic health behaviors, such as tobacco use, as well as high rates of medical comorbidities, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Partly because of these factors, persons with serious mental illnesses are likely to die prematurely compared with the general population. The excess morbidity and mortality associated with serious mental illnesses also result from disparities in health care due to problems with health care access, continuity of care, and coordination among mental health, primary care, and specialty physical health providers.


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