evidence and practice
The use of a Lester Tool-based physical health app in mental health inpatient settings
Jaspreet Phull Interim medical director and consultant forensic psychiatrist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sleaford, England
Victoria Naoui CT3 in psychiatry (third-year of core training), Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sleaford, England
Background People with mental health problems have a greater risk of developing physical health problems, yet in England only 76% of such patients have an annual check of their physical health.
Aim To explore the effects of implementing a physical health app in a mental health rehabilitation hospital.
Methods Following the creation and implementation of the app, which was based on the Lester Tool, a questionnaire was developed and sent to staff to assess their experience. Quality of physical health plans was also assessed.
Findings The physical health app was viewed by clinicians as being a helpful tool and there was a small but statistically significant improvement in the quality of care plans.
Conclusion The use of the physical health app in a psychiatric rehabilitation setting offers a cost-effective opportunity to improve clinical quality and engage clinicians.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1287Citation
Phull J, Naoui V (2018) The use of a Lester Tool-based physical health app in mental health inpatient settings. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1287Peer review
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Published online: 17 December 2018