Journal article

Physical health care for people with mental illness: Training needs for nurses

Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-Phung, David Scott

NURSE EDUCATION TODAY | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2013

Abstract

AIM: People diagnosed with serious mental illness have higher rates of physical morbidity and decreased longevity, yet these people are not adequately served by health care systems. Nurses may provide improved physical health support to consumers with serious mental illness but this is partly dependent on nurses having necessary skills and interest in training opportunities for this component of their work. This survey investigated Australian nurses' interest in training across areas of physical health care including lifestyle factors, cardiovascular disease, and identifying health risks. METHODS: A nation-wide online survey of nurse members of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses...

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