Blood pressure monitoring in psychiatric inpatients with bipolar affective disorder

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Abstract

People with bipolar affective disorder are at increased risk of hypertension, but cardiovascular health screening practices in mental health services are inconsistent and often sub-optimal. Here, the authors describe their audit to identify adults with bipolar affective disorder and comorbid hypertension in an acute psychiatric inpatient unit, and to establish the unit's level of compliance with local and national guidelines with regard to blood pressure monitoring.

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