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Mental health consumer experiences and strategies when seeking physical health care: A focus group study

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posted on 04.08.2022, 04:29 authored by Stephanie EwartStephanie Ewart, J Bocking, Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-PhungChris Platania-Phung, Robert StantonRobert Stanton
People with mental illness have higher rates of physical health problems and consequently live significantly shorter lives. This issue is not yet viewed as a national health priority and research about mental health consumer views on accessing physical health care is lacking. The aim of this study is to explore the experience of mental health consumers in utilizing health services for physical health needs. Qualitative exploratory design was utilized. Semistructured focus groups were held with 31 consumer participants. Thematic analysis revealed that three main themes emerged: scarcity of physical health care, with problems accessing diagnosis, advice or treatment for physical health problems; disempowerment due to scarcity of physical health care; and tenuous empowerment describing survival resistance strategies utilized. Mental health consumers were concerned about physical health and the nonresponsive health system. A specialist physical health nurse consultant within mental health services should potentially redress this gap in health care provision.

History

Volume

3

Start Page

1

End Page

10

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

2333-3936

Location

United States

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC 3.0

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

28/12/2015

External Author Affiliations

School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of Canberra;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Global Qualitative Nursing Research