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J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2011 Mar;18(2):105-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01642.x. Epub 2010 Oct 28.

Supporting mental health nurses to address the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness in acute inpatient care settings.

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Faculty of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, UK.


There is overwhelming evidence that the physical health needs of those with serious mental illness have been neglected by health service professionals. Mental health nurses (MHNs) could play a key role in meeting these needs particularly during hospital admissions, yet they are uncertain about their role, have variable levels of confidence and lack appropriate skills and training. This study investigated MHNs' views and practices of physical health management for adults receiving acute inpatient treatment and found a difference between MHNs' perceived responsibility and their practice, which highlighted a need for role clarification and further skills training.

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