Improving Outcomes, Lowering Costs, Reducing Stigma Research shows that 68% of people diagnosed with mental illness, particularly depression, have higher rates of comorbidities than the general population. These patients also are more likely to die prematurely and are at greater risk for unfavorable outcomes when they experience illness or disease. In fact, the American Heart Association has recognized depression as a risk factor for poor prognosis after a heartattack. But research shows that care and outcomes significantly improve when mental health services are integrated into primary care strategies.
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