Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness: the development of a health passport
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Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness: the development of a health passport

Sinéad Hennessy Advanced Nurse Practitioner (candidate), Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services, Health Service Executive Dublin South Central, Ballyfermot Primary Care and Mental Health Services, Dublin, Ireland
Michael Nash Assistant Professor in Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Gráinne Donohue Research Fellow, Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness (SMI)

  • To understand the role that physical health passports could have in meeting the health needs of people with SMI

  • To learn how a physical health passport was developed and implemented in mental health services

People with severe mental illness (SMI) experience significant health inequalities, and their physical health needs are often not addressed. This article describes the development and implementation of a physical health passport, known as My Physical Achievement Log (My PAL), which aims to improve physical health monitoring in people with SMI. The article explains how a literature search and information from official reports were used to identify physical health indicators and to devise a system for recording these. It also describes how feedback was obtained from mental health nurses to improve the My PAL tool and pilot it in mental health services. Further research to evaluate service users’ experiences of using the My PAL tool is being undertaken to enhance its usability.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1368

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

donohuga@tcd.ie

Conflict of interest

None declared

Hennessy S, Nash M, Donohue G (2020) Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness: the development of a health passport. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1368

Published online: 30 June 2020

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