It is essential for mental health nurses to understand the physical health needs of people with mental health disorders in order to provide holistic care. Yet these people often have their physical health needs unrecognised or poorly managed. This book is a practical and informative guide to the physical health care of people with mental health illnesses. It covers a range of health-promotion strategies, including exercise, diet and oral health, and assessment, intervention and skills for common physical disorders found in people with mental-health problems. It takes a recovery perspective and emphasises the importance of communication and collaborative care for adherence to healthy lifestyles.
Stanley Mutsatsa is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at City University London.
Introduction The determinants of poor physical health in people with mental health problems The physical health assessment in mental health nursing Physical health promotion, communication and the therapeutic alliance The care and management of cardiovascular disorders Metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus Respiratory disorders Substance misuse and physical health in mental health Side effects of psychotropic drugs and their management Diet, exercise and sleep in health promotion for mental health Glossary