Professional nurses perceptions of their knowledge, attitudes and practices, regarding metabolic syndrome in patients in a Psychiatric hospital, Western Cape
Cloete, Shoemeney Aveline
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Undiagnosed and untreated medical illnesses are more predominant in patients with mental illnesses, compared to the general population. Concerns have risen about the observed lack of regular screening for Metabolic Syndrome potentially increasing the prevalence rate of the disease especially in young adolescents on anti-psychotics. Recognizing the recurrent co-morbidity between mental and physical health conditions, specific commendations addressing the physical conditions causing the increased morbidity and mortality of people with severe mental illness are needed. In some instances, treatment recommendations for the general population may need to be modified for people with SMI.