Implementing a physical health strategy in a mental health service
Bridget Organ, Emma Nicholson, David Castle
Australasian Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to describe a comprehensive metabolic monitoring strategy within an Australian public mental health service. METHODS: Patient physical health was identified as a high priority within the mental health service. A survey of staff attitudes informed the development of metabolic monitoring guidelines and provision of education for clinicians and patients. An audit was subsequently performed to ascertain rates and results of metabolic monitoring, and focus groups helped to understand patient perspectives. RESULTS: Despite significant barriers to the implementation of routine metabolic monitoring from both staff and patient perspectives, our programme delivered ..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge the St Vincent's Research & Grants Unit for funding this project and also Ms Katherine Fairest, RPN, for her work on the project.