People with schizophrenia are at elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Increased metabolic risk factors are associated with other physical disorders such as cardiovascular diseases and reduced life expectancy of up to 10 years in people with type 2 diabetes and up to 15-20 years due to schizophrenia. A decision model is constructed to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the group-based life style intervention, relative to that of usual care for people aged 40 and over with chronic schizophrenia (mean duration of 17 years) and type 2 diabetes (mean duration of 8 years). A group-based lifestyle intervention is a promising option for middle-aged adults with chronic schizophrenia and comorbid type 2 diabetes, considering BMI loss achieved and QALYs gained.
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