Erin Grace Lawrence

Thesis Title:

Understanding the psychosocial risk factors for multimorbidity in psychosis: A mixed methods approach


People diagnosed with psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also referred to as psychosis) are often diagnosed with multiple long-term physical health conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases), which may contribute to the reduced life expectancy observed in this population. This is termed multimorbidity and is defined as the co-existence of two or more physical health conditions. The objective of this PhD is to investigate the psychosocial risk factors for multimorbidity among people with psychosis using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with a focus on lived experience perspectives. The findings will be used to inform clinical practice to improve the care and quality of life of individuals living with psychosis and multimorbidity.

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