Improving Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Community Mental Health Centers

Authors

  • Melissa Maki DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC,

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    1. Melissa Maki, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, is the Director of Nursing, Human Development Center, Duluth, Minnesota, USA; and Pamela Bjorklund, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, is Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Nursing, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.
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  • Pamela Bjorklund PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

    1. Melissa Maki, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, is the Director of Nursing, Human Development Center, Duluth, Minnesota, USA; and Pamela Bjorklund, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, is Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Nursing, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement: No conflicts of interest exist, and both authors meet criteria for authorship.

mmaki@css.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

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.

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