For people with serious mental health conditions, how effective is providing general healthcare advice, compared with treatment as usual, in improving physical health factors?
There is not enough research evidence
to make definite conclusions on whether general physical healthcare
is beneficial to people with mental health conditions. More
research is needed to fully understand this area.
Clinical and research implications
No definite clinical implications may be made based on the
evidence presented in this BEST summary. The authors of a
systematic review stated that 'clinicians should know there is some
randomised evidence that the provision of general physical
healthcare advice to people with serious mental illness may improve
health-related quality of life', but 'there is little evidence that
providing physical healthcare advice is an effective way of
improving the physical health of people with serious mental
illness'. The study authors of more recent studies have suggested,
however, that health promotion activities should be used alongside
usual treatment in the daily care of individuals with mental
disorders. One of the authors also suggested that further research
is needed to examine the effectiveness of health promotion
interventions in different settings, and that research is also
needed to determine effective methods of motivating individuals
with mental disorders to participate in such programmes.
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