Adapting the severe mental illness physical Health Improvement Profile for use in primary care
Hardy, S. and Gray, R. (2010) Adapting the severe mental illness physical Health Improvement Profile for use in primary care. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19 (5). pp. 350-355. ISSN 1445-8330
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00686.x
People with severe mental illness (SMI) have a higher incidence of long-term physical conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This can dramatically reduce their life expectancy. In the UK, it is the duty of health-care professionals in primary care to monitor the physical health of this group of people. However, these professionals have been given no specific training in order to do this effectively. The Northampton Physical Health and Well-Being Project has been developed in order to reduce the mortality of people with SMI, improve their physical and emotional health, and increase their support network. We have adapted the Health Improvement Profile (a tool to help mental health nurses profile the physical health of people with SMI) for use in primary care by creating a manual and website and will provide bespoke training in its use to the health-care professionals.