Mental health and physical illness

Using several databases, the researchers found a cohort of 139,208 people with mental health problems. These patients were matched with 294,180 people of the same sex and similar age.

Hospital admissions were considered to be potentially preventable if they involved illnesses such as asthma, nutritional deficiencies, vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse drug events. Discharge records showed that more than 10% of admissions were potentially preventable.

Patients with mental health problems had more than twice the rate of preventable admissions seen in the control group. The biggest differences between the