Journal article

The effectiveness of specialist roles in mental health metabolic monitoring: a retrospective cross-sectional comparison study

Brian McKenna, Trentham Furness, Elizabeth Wallace, Brenda Happell, Robert Stanton, Chris Platania-Phung, Karen-Leigh Edward, David Castle

BMC Psychiatry | BMC | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: People with serious mental illness (SMI) exhibit a high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases. Mental health services have a responsibility to address poor physical health in their consumers. One way of doing this is to conduct metabolic monitoring (MM) of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. This study compares two models of MM among consumers with SMI and describes referral pathways for those at high risk of cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional comparison design was used. The two models were: (1) MM integrated with case managers, and (2) MM integrated with case managers and specialist roles. Retrospective data were collected for all new episode..

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