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Barriers and Possible Solutions to Providing Physical Health Care in Mental Health Care: A Qualitative Study of Danish Key Informants' Perspectives

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  • Birgitte Lerbæk
  • Andrea McCloughen
  • Marlene Briciet Lauritsen
  • Jørgen Aagaard
  • Julie Nordgaard
  • Rikke Jørgensen
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Provision of physical health care to people diagnosed with severe mental illness is widely reported as inadequate. This interview study explored perspectives of a group of key informants on current practices of providing physical health care within two mental health care settings in Denmark. Thematic analysis of their accounts provided insights into 1) barriers to the provision of physical health care in mental health settings, and 2) possible solutions to overcome existing barriers. Negative attitudes and limited specialist health care knowledge among mental health care professionals constituted serious barriers. To effectively address these barriers, mental health services need to be reoriented towards the prioritisation of physical health alongside mental health. This will require equipping mental health professionals with relevant knowledge and skills and organisational resources, to effectively work with people experiencing or at risk of physical comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume42
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)463-472
Number of pages10
ISSN0161-2840
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Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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