Provision of health promotion programmes to people with serious mental illness: a mapping exercise of four South London boroughs

C O'Brien, P Gardner-Sood, SK Corlett, K Ismail, S Smith, Z Atakan, K Greenwood, C Joseph, F Gaughran

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Abstract

People with serious mental illness (SMI) such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders and bipolar disorder are at increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease, contributing to significantly reduced life expectancies. As a result, emphasis has been placed on developing Health Promotion Programmes (HPPs) to modify the risk of poor physical health in SMI. We examined how many and what types of HPPs are available for or inclusive of people with SMI across four borough in South London, UK. A cross-sectional mapping study was carried out to identify the number of HPPs available to people with SMI. We found 145 HPPs available to people with SMI existed across the four boroughs but with an inequitable distribution, which in some boroughs we anticipate may not meet need. In some cases, HPPs set admission conditions which were likely to further impede access. We recommend that accurate and readily available information on the provision of HPPs for or inclusive of people with SMI is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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