Addressing the physical health of people with serious mental illness: a potential solution for an enduring problem

Happell, Brenda, Gaskin, Cadeyrn J., and Stanton, Robert (2016) Addressing the physical health of people with serious mental illness: a potential solution for an enduring problem. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 62 (2). pp. 201-202.

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Abstract

People with serious mental illness face significant inequalities in physical health care. As a result, the risk of cardiometabolic disorders and premature mortality is far greater than that observed in the general population. Contributiung to this disparity, is the lack of routine physical health screening by mental health clinicians. One possible solution is the implimentation of a physical health nurse consultant, whose role is to monitor and coordinate the physical health care of people with serious mental illness. Current evidence supports the implimentation of such a role, and a failure to address the widening gaps in physical health care will only serve to increase the disparities faced by people with serious mental illness.

Item ID: 62156
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1741-2854
Keywords: cardiovascular disease, mental health consumers, metabolic syndrome, nursing, physical health
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2015.
Funders: Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2020 19:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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