|Physical Health Checks
||Overall Rank: 17
Physical health checks should pay particular attention to hormonal disorders (e.g., diabetes and hyperprolactinemia), heart disease risk factors (e.g., blood pressure and lipids), side effects of medication, and lifestyle factors (e.g., smoking). These must be recorded in the notes.
Domain : Patients with Comorbid Conditions
A condition in which a person has both a major mental illness and another health problem (e.g., development disability, substance abuse, personality disorder, or other general medical conditions such as heart disease or cancer).
Additional Domain(s) : Competence, Patients with Mood Disorders
Primary care professionals have an important part to play in the physical and
mental health care of people with schizophrenia. They are best placed to monitor the physical health of people with schizophrenia and should do so regularly. Case registers will be an important means of doing so. In addition, primary care workers should monitor the mental health and treatment of their service users, work closely with secondary services and refer before crises arise wherever possible.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence. (2002). Schizophrenia: Core interventions in the treatment and management of chizophrenia in primary and secondary care. Retrieved July 13, 2006, from http://www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx? o=CG001NICEguideline
Level of Evidence
IV: Evidence based on individual expert opinion.
- This is basic primary care - for all.
Variation in Results
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