Abstract: Objective: To estimate 1-year mortality risk associated with preoperative serious mental illness (SMI) as defined by the Veterans Health Administration (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD], major depression) following nonambulatory cardiac or vascular surgical procedures compared to patients without SMI. Cardiac/vascular operations were selected because patients with SMI are known to be at elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.Method: Retrospective analysis of system-wide data from electronic medical records of patients undergoing nonambulatory surgery (inpatient or day-of-surgery admission) October 2005–September 2009 with 1-year follow-up (N=55,864; 99% male;

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Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study is to explore the prevalence of hospital-treated suicide attempts in a large clinical population of eating disorder patients.Method: Follow-up study of adults (N=2462, 95% women, age 18–62years) admitted to the Eating Disorder Clinic of Helsinki University Central Hospital in the period 1995–2010. For each patient four controls were selected and matched for age, sex and place of residence. The end-point events were modeled using Cox’s proportional hazard model, taking matching into account.Results: We identified 156 patients with eating disorder (6.3%) and 139 controls (1.4%) who had required hospital treatment for attempted suicide.

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The current issue of JAMA Psychiatry includes an important article on premature mortality among patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Sweden between 1969 and 2009. According to the study by Fazel et al, among 218?300 patients with a TBI compared with age- and sex-matched controls without brain injury (10 to 1 match, n?=?2?163?190) and unaffected siblings of TBI patients (n?=?150?513), there was a 3-fold increased odds of all-cause mortality, adjusted for sociodemographic confounders (adjusted odds ratio [aOR],?3.2; 95% CI, 3.0-3.4), among patients who survived at least 6 months after TBI compared with general population controls or unaffected siblings (aOR, 2.6; 95% CI, 2.3-2.8).

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Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the rates of chronic, noncancer pain conditions in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) System.Method: This cross-sectional study used administrative data extracted from VHA treatment records of all individuals receiving VHA services in fiscal year 2008 (N=5, 195,551). The associations between severe psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) and chronic pain (arthritis, back pain, chronic pain, migraine, headache, psychogenic and neuropathic) were evaluated using a series of logistic regression analyses.Results: Veterans with schizophrenia [odds ratio (OR)=1.21] and bipolar disorder (OR=2.17) were significantly more likely to have chronic pain overall relative to veterans without these psychiatric conditions.

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