Adverse outcomes increasing for schizophrenics

Violent crime, suicide, and premature mortality involving schizophrenics has been increasing since the 1970s compared to the general population, new evidence suggests.

A study analysed long-term adverse outcomes in nearly 25,000 people with schizophrenia or a related disorder in Sweden between 1972 and 2009.

Results indicated that within five years of diagnosis, around 1 in 50 died by suicide and 1 in 23 were convicted of a violent offence.

Lead author, Dr Seena Fazel, said the findings suggested there was still much work to be done in developing new treatments and mitigating risks faced by people with schizophrenia.

Read more at Oxford University