Conflict of Interest Statement
Communication With Colleagues: Frequency of Collaboration Regarding Physical Health of Consumers With Mental Illness
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 33–43, January 2014
How to Cite
Happell, B., Platania-Phung, C., Scott, D. and Nankivell, J. (2014), Communication With Colleagues: Frequency of Collaboration Regarding Physical Health of Consumers With Mental Illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50: 33–43. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12021
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
Research Advancement Award Scheme and Merit Grant Scheme of Central Queensland University provided the funding to make this work possible.
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 15 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 AUG 2012
- Research Advancement Award Scheme
- Merit Grant Scheme of Central Queensland University
- Severe mental illness;
- physical health care;
- chronic disease management;
- collaborative care
To identify how frequently nurses in mental health services communicate about physical health of consumers with other healthcare professionals, and whether such collaboration is associated with physical care actions with consumers.
Design and Methods
An online national Australian survey of nurses in mental health services.
Nurses discuss physical health frequently with general practitioners, psychiatrists, and case managers, and less frequently with occupational therapists, social workers, and nurse practitioners. Interprofessional attention was positively associated with direct physical health care such as clinical screening and health education.
Interprofessional communication may support nurses in direct physical healthcare actions with consumers. Increasing collaborations with nurse practitioners, social workers, and occupational therapists need to be explored as part of clinical teamwork development.