Improving Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Community Mental Health Centers

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

Increased mortality among the seriously mentally ill is largely due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). This applied research project examined a process of CVD screening at a community mental health center, then implemented and evaluated an improved process of identifying and managing CVD risk factors.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Patient records (n= 130) were reviewed at baseline and 6 months posteducational intervention and implementation of new monitoring tools.

FINDINGS:

Statistical analysis showed significant process improvement (p < .001).

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Advanced practice registered nurses can design and implement improved CVD screening to mitigate morbidity and mortality in the seriously mentally ill.

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