Addressing the physical health of people with serious mental illness

A potential solution for an enduring problem

Brenda Happell, Cadeyrn J. Gaskin, Robert Stanton

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-202
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


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