Cardiometabolic health nursing to improve health and primary care access in community mental health consumers: Baseline physical health outcomes from a randomised controlled trial

Brenda HAPPELL, Robert Stanton, Wendy Hoey, DAVID SCOTT

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    Abstract

    People with serious mental illness (SMI) are more likely to have poorer health and poorer health behaviours, and therefore are at greater risk for cardiometabolic health comorbidities compared to those without SMI. Referral to a specialist cardiometabolic health care nurse may result in increased detection of poor cardiometabolic health in at-risk individuals. In this article, we present the results of the physical health measures of people with serious mental illness who have accessed a community mental health service in a regional centre and argue for the need for a multidisciplinary approach. Our data show the high prevalence of obesity, hypertension, low activity, smoking and nicotine dependence, alcohol misuse disorders, and poor diet among people with serious mental illness. The high prevalence of at-risk factors for poor cardiometabolic health in people with serious mental illness adds support for the role of a specialist cardiometabolic health care nurse in the detection and referral for multidisciplinary treatment to improve the physical health outcomes for people with serious mental illness
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)114-121
    Number of pages8
    JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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