Cardiovascular disease in patients with schizophrenia

Leonard Kritharides, Vincent Chow and Tim JR Lambert
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00258
Published online: 21 August 2017

We thank Skalicky for his interest in our article.1 We agree that a rehabilitation approach to complement the model of care may be very helpful. Patients and services work within significant financial constraints, thus all goals need to be stepped, meaningful and achievable. Previous literature supports the utility of family psychosocial interventions for patients with schizophrenia in encouraging compliance and reducing hospital admission.2 Our service is structured to embrace community rehabilitation services and emphasises the need to contextualise goals for each individual.

  • 1 Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 ANZAC Research Institute, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW
  • 4 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

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  • 1. Kritharides L, Chow V, Lambert TJR. Cardiovascular disease in patients with schizophrenia. Med J Aust 2017; 206: 91-95. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Pharoah F, Mari J, Rathbone J, Wong W. Family intervention for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010: CD000088.


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