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Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Mar;44(3):457-66. Epub 2006 Sep 27.

Serious mental illness and physical health problems: a discussion paper.

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  • 1Health Services Research Department, King's College London, Section of Psychiatric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK. r.gray@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

People with serious mental illness have higher morbidity and mortality rates of chronic diseases than the general population. This discussion paper explores the complex reasons for these disparities in health, such as limitations of health services, the effects of having a serious mental illness, health behaviours and the effects of psychotropic medication. Physical health can be enhanced by improved monitoring and lifestyle interventions initiated at the start of treatment. There are opportunities for mental health nurses to play a significant role in improving both the physical and mental health of people with serious mental illness.

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