Self-Reported Health, Health Behaviors, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Regional Mental Health Consumers
Brenda Happell, David Scott, Wendy Hoey, Robert Stanton
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care | WILEY | Published : 2014
PURPOSE: This article reports baseline data from a randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of a specialist cardiometabolic healthcare nurse on physical health care. DESIGN AND METHODS: Survey of community-based mental health consumers randomized to a cardiometabolic health nurse intervention. FINDINGS: Findings show a high prevalence of respiratory conditions, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and low quality of life. Participants reported regular blood pressure but infrequent cholesterol and blood glucose testing. Few received advice about smoking cessation, diet, or physical activity. Participants were mostly satisfied with physical healthcare provision; however, positive he..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge the funding support provided by the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation and the Office of Health and Medical Research, Queensland Health.