Psychiatrists should advocate for their patients to ensure prompt and state-of-the-art care when they are ill.
Risks for which of the following are increased in women because they take antipsychotics?
The correct answer is C and D*
Maintenance of physical health is very important in schizophrenia because mortality rates are high.
Psychiatrists need to ensure that their patients stay in regular contact with a general practitioner and that men and women are screened for disorders relevant to their sex (ie, cervical smears, breast examinations and mammograms, prostate and colon cancer screening), that they are adequately immunized against infectious agents, and regularly checked for the sequelae of chronic intake of antipsychotic medication (ie, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease).
For more on the risks of antipsychotic treatment in women, see Clinical Implications of Gender Differences in Schizophrenia, on which this quiz is based.
*B is equivocal, might or might not be true.