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Cancer Screening for People with Serious Mental Illness

With funding support from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund, Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center researchers characterized rates of cancer screening, and barriers and facilitators to screening, among people with serious mental illness.

Little is known about whether people with serious mental illness receive recommended cancer screenings. In this study, Center researchers measured cancer screening rates in Maryland and nationwide samples of people with serious mental illness. In addition, ALACRITY Center investigators conducted interviews with primary care and mental health providers to learn about their current practices and perceptions of barriers and facilitators to cancer screening.