Insufficient preventive and screening efforts contributes to the higher prevalence of chronic disorders (including cancer) among those with serious mental illness. This study demonstrated that patients with SMI had a 20%-30% reduced likelihood of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. The analysis also includes treatment failures regarding influenza, pneumonia, HIV, and hepatitis. The study suggests providing support and education so that mental health nurses may be capable of conducting some of these crucial screenings.

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