Conflict of Interest Statement: No conflicts of interest exist, and both authors meet criteria for authorship.
Improving Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Community Mental Health Centers
Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2012
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 179–186, July 2013
How to Cite
Maki, M. and Bjorklund, P. (2013), Improving Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Community Mental Health Centers. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 179–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00348.x
- Issue online: 3 JUL 2013
- Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2012
- First Received August 28, 2011; Final Revision received April 29, 2012; Accepted for publication May 14, 2012.
- Cardiometabolic risk;
- cardiovascular disease (CVD) screening;
- process improvement
PURPOSE: Increased mortality among the seriously mentally ill is largely due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). This applied research project examined a process of CVD screening at a community mental health center, then implemented and evaluated an improved process of identifying and managing CVD risk factors.
DESIGN AND METHODS: Patient records (n= 130) were reviewed at baseline and 6 months posteducational intervention and implementation of new monitoring tools.
FINDINGS: Statistical analysis showed significant process improvement (p < .001).
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Advanced practice registered nurses can design and implement improved CVD screening to mitigate morbidity and mortality in the seriously mentally ill.