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Service innovation: the first year of lifestyle clinics for psychiatric out-patients

  • Ross Hamilton (a1), Mark Harrison (a2), Simon Naji (a3) and Carol Robertson (a4)
Abstract
Aims and Method

We sought to develop and introduce annual physical health checks and offer lifestyle advice for out-patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in two semi-rural areas in the north-east of Scotland. the results for the first year of the clinics are presented.

Results

Seventy-eight patients were invited to the clinics in the first year. Attendance rates varied from 76% in one centre to 38% in the other; 75 individual significant physical health problems were identified and highlighted to the patient and their general practitioner.

Clinical Implications

The high attendance rate in one half of the catchment area demonstrates the potential for physical health screening for this vulnerable group of patients. the identification of significant levels of previously undiagnosed physical morbidity offers opportunity for intervention. Several innovative lifestyle interventions arose from the project and have been maintained.

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Service innovation: the first year of lifestyle clinics for psychiatric out-patients

  • Ross Hamilton (a1), Mark Harrison (a2), Simon Naji (a3) and Carol Robertson (a4)
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