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
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