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

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Brenda Happell, Robert StantonRobert Stanton, W Hoey, David Scott
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.

History

Volume

35

Issue

2

Start Page

114

End Page

121

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Location

United States

Publisher

Informa Healthcare

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Queensland Health; School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of Melbourne;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Issues in mental health nursing.