Addressing the physical health needs of service users

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Abstract

A system introduced by a team focusing solely on this aspect of care is helping staff to engage with patients and improve outcomes, says Matthew Witherstone

Evidence shows that patients with a diagnosis of serious mental illness live lives that are ten to 15 years shorter than the general population, on average. A number of factors contribute to this trend, including psychotropic medication, which can increase the risk of weight gain, diabetes and raised cholesterol levels.

Meeting the physical healthcare needs of people with mental illness, personality disorder or a learning disability is therefore vital to help improve physical healthcare outcomes for these people. In this article, the author describes how the challenge was addressed in one facility in Wales.

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