Mental illness is associated with increased physical morbidity. We aimed to assess and improve the routine blood testing of prescribed antipsychotics in out-patients from a busy London inner city area. Audit findings were presented locally to prescribers, together with educational suggestions to improve physical health assessment.
Initially, the numbers monitored were low in the overall number of 126 patients included in the first audit. Following the intervention, this improved significantly in the second audit (of 106 patients).
A simple one-page monitoring prompt and an educational intervention could significantly increase the adherence to routine blood-testing guidelines. Better physical screening may help reduce physical morbidity and mortality, and improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness.
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