The importance of measuring blood pressure in mental health care
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The importance of measuring blood pressure in mental health care

Anne Pegram Lecturer, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, London
Jacqueline Bloomfield Lecturer, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, London

Anne Pegram and Jacqueline Bloomfield explain why it is crucial to the wellbeing of patients for registered mental health nurses to have the right monitoring techniques

Blood pressure measurement is a vital part of any physical assessment, particularly for people presenting with mental health problems. The measurement techniques are described and the influence of factors common to people with mental health problems, such as stress, vasoactive medication, an unhealthy lifestyle and being overweight, are discussed. Mental health nurses can help in the early detection of physical problems in their clients by carrying out this simple screening procedure.

Mental Health Practice. 16, 6,33-36. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.03.16.6.33.e849

Correspondence

anne.pegram@kcl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 05 July 2012

Accepted: 20 July 2012