Physical healthcare in severe mental illness

By Dr Steve Brown


Last updated: August 2015


Psychiatric populations show high rates of significant medical disease – about 50% of in-patients in most studies. They also tend to receive poorer treatment for physical disease than the rest of the population.


There is ongoing discussion about how best to co-ordinate effective treatment of physical disease in people with severe mental illness (SMI). However, there is no doubt that psychiatrists must be competent in the recognition and management of  physical diseases – especially those which are particularly common in the population which they treat.


Start the module


Please note: This module was last updated in 2015. Please be aware when completing the module that some of the guidance may have changed.


If you are interested in updating this material, please contact us.

If you like this module, you may also be interested in:


Feeling better – lifestyle management for chronic mental disorders by Dr Ursula Werneke


Physical examination in psychiatric practice: Part 1 and Part 2 by Dr Gill Garden


Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry (book from RCPsych Publications)



BJPsych Advances: related articles for CPD Online



Related Advances articles


Download take-home notes to print and annotateDownload take-home notes to print and annotate


© 2021 Royal College of Psychiatrists