Oral Health Care in Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Wyoming
Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) have higher rates of mortality and shorter life expectancy (i.e., about 25-30 fewer years of life) than the general population. Death due to coronary heart disease (CHD) is the largest contributor to the increased mortality rate in this population. Oral health is particularly important because medical links have been found between CHD and poor oral health (Matevosyan, 2009). Oral health remains a low priority when treating SMI patients (Matevosyan, 2009). The overall objective of this research is to conduct semi-structured interviews focused on ...
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