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'Patients with mental illness showed an overall increase in risk of death of 4.9% (95% CI 2.0–7.8) per 1°C increase in temperature above the 93rd percentile of the annual temperature distribution. Younger patients and those with a primary diagnosis of substance misuse demonstrated greatest mortality risk.'
People in the east Midlands and South East seem to need to be particularly aware, according to the Forrest plot!
Forest plot of effect of temperature on relative risk of death by region in patients with psychosis, dementia and substance misuse. (copied from paper by Page et al, referenced below)
- ,, , and Temperature-related deaths in people with psychosis, dementia and substance misuse. Brit J Psych June 2012 200:485-490
You can tell I'm writing this whilst the rain and wind howls in London and a heatwave seems highly unlikely and a very inviting prospect I'd quite like to look forward to...but I wondered what the reasons for these increases in death in hot weather might be due to? What sorts of difficulties do you think environmental change will have on health?