Self-reported health, health behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of regional mental health consumers

Brenda HAPPELL, DAVID SCOTT, Wendy Hoey, Robert Stanton

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    Abstract

    Purpose

    This article reports baseline data from a randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of a specialist cardiometabolic healthcare nurse on physical health care.
    Design and Methods

    Survey of community-based mental health consumers randomized to a cardiometabolic health nurse intervention.
    Findings

    Findings show a high prevalence of respiratory conditions, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and low quality of life. Participants reported regular blood pressure but infrequent cholesterol and blood glucose testing. Few received advice about smoking cessation, diet, or physical activity. Participants were mostly satisfied with physical healthcare provision; however, positive health behaviors are lacking.
    Practice Implications

    An individualized intervention based on knowledge and attitudes may be necessary
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-200
    Number of pages8
    JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
    Volume50
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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