Refocusing on physical health: Community psychiatric nurses' perceptions of using enhanced health checks for people with severe mental illness

Daniel Thomas Bressington, Jolene Mui, Harvey Wells, Wai Tong Chien, Claire Lam, Jacquie White, Richard Gray

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Abstract

ÂIn the present qualitative, descriptive study, we explored Hong Kong community psychiatric nurses' (CPN) perceptions of using comprehensive physical health checks for service users diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI). Research interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 11 CPN in order to explore their perceptions about the use of the Health Improvement Profile (HIP) over a 1-year period. Interview data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The analysis revealed that the majority of CPN appreciated the comprehensive focus on the physical health of their clients and reported positive changes in their clinical practice. Many of them observed an increase in the motivation of their clients to improve their physical health, and also noted observable benefits in service users' well-being. The use of the HIP also helped the CPN identify implementation barriers, and highlighted areas of the tool that required modifications to suit the local cultural and clinical context. To our knowledge, this is the first study conducted in an Asian mental health service that explores nurses' views about using comprehensive health checks for people with SMI. The findings suggest that such approaches are viewed as being acceptable, feasible, and potentially beneficial in the community mental health setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-224
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Health behaviour change
  • Health screening
  • Physical health
  • Severe mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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