Educating healthcare professionals to act on the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness: a systematic search for evidence

S Hardy, J White, K Deane, R Gray

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Healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care should monitor the physical health of people with serious mental illness, yet in practice this does not appear to be a routine intervention. Our objective is to develop evidence-based training for healthcare professionals to enable them all to offer better physical care to this population. We performed a systematic search with the aim of evaluating the current evidence of the efficacy of education interventions. Search terms covered Severe Mental Illness, Physical Health and Education. The search yielded 147 papers, of which none were eligible for inclusion. A number of studies were excluded from this review as although there was an implicit education package provided to healthcare professionals, no information was reported on the outcomes of this education with regard to healthcare professionals' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. The only information that these studies provided was patient-specific outcomes. It is vital that researchers start to publish details of healthcare professional education and their outcomes in physical health and serious mental illness research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-727
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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