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.

The Physical Health Needs of Individuals with Mental Health Problems – Setting the Scene

The physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems – setting the scene
Mandy Drake

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Identify the main physical health conditions affecting individuals with mental health problems
  • Explain the reasons for poor physical health among this client group
  • Discuss the barriers to physical health improvement
  • Provide an overview of the political agenda in relation to physical and mental health co-morbidity
  • Debate the mental health practitioner's role in physical health care


There is growing awareness in clinical practice of what researchers have known for some time, which is that people who experience mental health problems are highly susceptible to physical ill health. This is particularly ...

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