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Preventing chronic disease in people with mental health problems: the HEALTH Passport approach

  • Naomi Anderson (a1), Sanjana Sridharan (a2), Matthew Megson (a1), Amy Evans (a3), James Vallance (a3), Swaran Singh (a1), Rashmi Shukla (a4) and Vinod Patel (a1) (a3)...
Abstract
Aims and method

The HEALTH Passport is a tool to help patients make lifestyle changes to reduce the future burden of chronic disease. This study assesses the potential of this behaviour change strategy in psychiatric patients. We introduced 50 psychiatric in-patients to the HEALTH Passport and asked them to complete a semi-qualitative questionnaire. Results were compared with those of 100 controls.

Results

Psychiatric in-patients are exposed to almost twice as many modifiable risk factors of chronic disease compared with controls. Although psychiatric in-patients are less motivated to address their risk factors, the HEALTH Passport could almost halve the proportion of psychiatric patients at high risk of chronic disease.

Clinical implications

The low level of health literacy among psychiatric patients must be addressed to reduce their risk exposure. Potentially, the HEALTH Passport provides a cost-effective tool for this purpose.

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Vinod Patel (vinod.patel@warwick.ac.uk)
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Preventing chronic disease in people with mental health problems: the HEALTH Passport approach

  • Naomi Anderson (a1), Sanjana Sridharan (a2), Matthew Megson (a1), Amy Evans (a3), James Vallance (a3), Swaran Singh (a1), Rashmi Shukla (a4) and Vinod Patel (a1) (a3)...
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