From the Editor
“The pain in my feet. It’s killing me.”
That’s what John told me when I asked him what he needed help with. It’s not quite the answer I thought he’d give – John has schizophrenia and he has significant side effects from his medications. But, like many people with mental illness, he also struggles with physical illness (diabetes and the accompanying neuropathy).
Many of our patients have both physical and mental illnesses. When faced with these twin challenges, how do they fair?
In this week’s first selection, we look at a new paper that considers people with schizophrenia and diabetes. The study authors find a significant gap between the care received by those with and without mental illness.
In our second selection, drawing from a lively blog written by medical student Ali Damji, we look at Swedish health care.