Improving physical health monitoring for patients with chronic mental health problems who receive antipsychotic medications

Conn, Rory and Abdallah, Nihad and Marini, Latif (2016) Improving physical health monitoring for patients with chronic mental health problems who receive antipsychotic medications. BMJ Qual Improv Rep, 5 (1). ISSN Online: 2050-1315 Full text available

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Physical health monitoring is an integral part of caring for patients with mental health problems. It is proven that serious physical health problems are more common among patients with severe mental health illness (SMI), this monitoring can be challenging and there is a need for improvement. The project aimed at improving the physical health monitoring among patients with SMI who are receiving antipsychotic medications. The improvement process focused on ensuring there is a good communication with general practitioners (GPs) as well as patient's education and education of care home staff. GP letters requesting physical health monitoring were updated; care home staff and patients were given more information about the value of regular physical health monitoring. There was an improvement in patients' engagement with the monitoring and the monitoring done by GPs was more adherent to local and national guidelines and was communicated with the mental health service.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Psychoses
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 12:39
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 12:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1392

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