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Mental illness mortality rate three times population average

29th June 2012

New research has revealed people who suffer with a serious mental illness have a mortality rate three times as high as the general population.

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The move by the Health and Social Care Information Centre to link mortality data to its own mental health minimum dataset is the first time mental health data has been linked to deaths data.

Statistics have revealed that around 13 in every 1,000 people aged 18-74 with a serious mental health condition died in the financial year 2009/10, which compares to about four in 1,000 of the general population in this specific age range.

Information centre chief executive Tim Straughan said the mental health indicator was breaking new ground by linking data from the mental health minimum data set with deaths data from the Office of National Statistics to highlight the extent to which people with a serious mental health condition are more likely to die than those in the general population.

He added: “The HSCIC is increasingly exploiting the benefits of linking data from disparate sources in order to provide valuable insights into health issues which can be explored further and inform decision making at local and national level.”

The dataset will be an important benchmark for the payment by results system for mental health services, and the new measure has been published as part of the NHS Outcomes Framework.

People with a serious mental illness are those who have been in contact with specialist secondary mental health services over the previous three years.

 

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