How to address the physical needs of clients in a mental health setting

Nurs Manag (Harrow). 2012 Mar;18(10):30-5. doi: 10.7748/nm2012.


People with mental health illness, particularly those affected in the long-term, experience higher rates of morbidity and mortality than the general population. It is, therefore, crucial to meet their physical health needs as part of delivering a high quality service. This article reports on how nurses in a medium secure mental health unit used the 'plan, do, study, act' approach (Deming 1986) as a practice improvement tool to introduce a system of monitoring the physical health of service users.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / nursing*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / standards
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Care / standards*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom