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The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems

This accessible, practical text provides mental health practitioners with the core knowledge and skills they need to be able to care effectively for the physical health of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness. Linked closely to professional standards, and with a clear values- and evidence-base, the book aims to raise awareness of the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems, outline the physical health assessment process and suggest health enhancing interventions for use in clinical practice. Consideration will be given to the following aspects of physical wellbeing; - cardiovascular health - diabetes - sexual health - respiratory health - cancer - wound care - substance misuse - infection control - medicine management Further chapters on legal and ethical issues explain the need to practise appropriately within the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, while a linking theme throughout the book stresses the importance of health promotion. Backed up by case examples and with a range of reflective exercises throughout, The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems is a key text for students and practitioners working in mental health services. It will also be useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.
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The Physical Health Needs of Individuals with Mental Health Problems - Mandy Drake Setting the Scene Physical Health Assessment in Mental Health Practice - Eve Collins Understanding Metabolic Syndrome in Mental Health Practice - Susan Curtis and Sarah Curtis Cardiovascular Health in Mental Health Practice - Siobhan Tranter Respiratory Health in Mental Health Practice - Eve Collins Oncology - Maureen Deacon The Physical Effects of Commonly Misused Substances on People with Mental Health Problems - Phil Cooper and Jane Neve Sexual Health in Mental Health Practice - Jo Bates Wound Care in Mental Health Practice - Louise Shorney and Richard Shorney Prescribing in Mental Health Practice: The Balancing Act - Ben Green Promoting Physical Wellbeing - Clare Street Infection Prevention and Control in Mental Health - Julie Hughes Legal and Ethical Matters - Maureen Deacon


'This book is very readable and easy to dip in and out of. The action learning points and case studies in particular are useful and will be appreciated by students' - Sheri Rhodes-Martin, Staffordshire University 'An important addition to an area of mental health that has significant implications for both service users and practitioners. This book will help to update and inform those with responsibilities for supporting holistic care within a mental health context' - Bruce Wallace, University of Bedfordshire

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