Patients with both schizophrenia and epilepsy die alarmingly early

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“There was an exceedingly high mortality rate among people with these disorders, particularly those who suffer from the combination of epilepsy and schizophrenia. More than 25 per cent of them die between the ages of 25-50,” says Jakob Christensen, who is one of the researchers behind the study.

The researchers hope to see the results raise awareness about the difficulties of living with epilepsy and schizophrenia.

“The results are really intended to help healthcare professionals develop new working processes so that this group of patients can get the right treatment. We already know from previous studies, that this group of patients die from a wide range of lifestyle diseases, and that some of these are preventable,” says Jakob Christensen and continues:

“With the way things are now, this patient group can easily fall between two chairs and end up being sent back and forth between different medical specialists or between hospitals and their general practitioner. It appears that people with epilepsy and schizophrenia are particularly vulnerable – and there is certainly room for improvement in the way the healthcare system deals with them and their treatment.”

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