Prevalence of physical health problems in inmates of a tertiary care mental health care facility – Cross-sectional survey

Authors

  • MB Sruthimol NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
  • K Sindhu Government College of Nursing, Kozhikode
  • TK Saleem Government College of Nursing, Kozhikode
  • K Ramesh Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kozhikode
  • Tharayil M Harish Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kozhikode

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30834/KJP.31.2.2018.147

Keywords:

physical health problems, prevalence, mental illness

Abstract

Introduction: Patients with chronic mental illnesses have increased rates of physical illness compared with the general population. Mentally ill people die earlier than general population.  Physical illnesses could be contributing to this.

Objectives: To identify the prevalence of physical health problems in patients with chronic mental illnesses.

Methods: A descriptive, non-experimental approach was used and the setting was a tertiary care in-patient government psychiatric hospital in North Kerala in a sample of 250.

Results:  Study showed significant number of patients had physical problems. These included sleep problems, forgetfulness, tremors, elevated blood pressure, low haemoglobin level, elevated blood sugar level and lower MCV value. High BMI was also seen.

Conclusion: Prevalence of physical health problems was high in patients with chronic mental illness. Result has wide implications in care of mentally ill.

Key words: physical health problems, prevalence, chronic mental illness.

Published

2019-09-17

How to Cite

Sruthimol, M., Sindhu, K., Saleem, T., Ramesh, K., & Harish, T. M. (2019). Prevalence of physical health problems in inmates of a tertiary care mental health care facility – Cross-sectional survey. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 31(2). https://doi.org/10.30834/KJP.31.2.2018.147

Issue

Section

Research Report