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Perceptions of barriers to physical health care for people with serious mental illness : a review of the international literature
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Brenda Happell, David ScottDavid Scott, Chris Platania-PhungChris Platania-Phung
Premature death and poorer access to quality care for physical health concerns is common for people diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI). However, there is lack of clarity regarding the nature of barriers encountered at different points in the physical health care process, and the level of consistency of these barriers both among countries, and between consumers with SMI and health care staff. The current narrative review integrates views of consumers and health care staff on barriers to physical health care. It involved a search of CINAHL, Proquest, and Web of Science, for peer-reviewed papers published between 2005 and June 2012, for studies of perceptions of barriers to physical health care, published in English. Despite variations in health care systems among countries,there is agreement between consumers and health care staff that division between physical and mental health care and stigma of mental illness act as barriers to all phases of the physical health care process. This uniformity is grounds for international policy development (in general public health and within mental health nursing) for reforms that improve the physical health care, quality of life, and longevity of people with serious mental illness.
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External Author AffiliationsFaculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- );