Cause-specific life years lost among persons diagnosed with schizophrenia: Is it getting better or worse?

People with schizophrenia have an increased risk of premature mortality compared to the general population. This study aimed to quantify which types of causes of death contributed to the excess mortality. The findings showed that, compared to the general population, a large improvement in life years lost with respect to suicide and accidents was found in those with schizophrenia. However, this improvement was offset by an increasing number of life years lost in deaths from diseases and medical conditions.
The study has been published in Schizophrenia Research

DRISP: Annette Erlangsen & Merete Nordentoft


  • Thomas Munk Laursen, National Center for Register-based Research, Aarhus Denmark (first author on study)
  • Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research (iPSYCH), Aarhus, Denmark
  • Per Kragh Andersen, Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen
  • John J McGrath, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Anita Toender, National Center for Register-based Research, Aarhus Denmark
  • Vladimir Canudas-Romo, School of Demography, Australian