An outcome measure in schizophrenia: mortality

Can J Psychiatry. 2007 Jan;52(1):55-60. doi: 10.1177/070674370705200109.


Objective: To determine the current outcome of schizophrenia, with mortality rate as the outcome measure.

Method: Recent health, suicide, victim of violence, and mortality statistics were reviewed.

Results: The general health of individuals with schizophrenia suffers from neglect, poor life style choices, and current treatments that increase death rates.

Conclusion: Mortality in schizophrenia is rising, and it is the responsibility of physicians and health care planners to intervene.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antipsychotic Agents / adverse effects
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / chemically induced
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Schizophrenia / mortality*
  • Schizophrenia / therapy
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*


  • Antipsychotic Agents