Mental health services providers have a unique opportunity to support people at risk of chronic disease.
There is an urgent need to identify more effective implementation strategies to increase provision of preventive care to people with a mental health condition.
Translation of preventive care guidelines into community mental health service delivery: perspectives of organisational leaders, mental health clinicians and healthy choices coachesProject title
What is the issue?
Despite guidelines and policies directing mental health services to routinely provide preventive care to their clients for chronic disease risk factors such as physical activity and smoking, current provision is sub-optimal.
How did this project address the issue?
This research with mental health service managers, clinicians and healthy choices coaches explored their perspectives and recommendations to adapt interventions to build service capacity to provide preventive care to people with a mental health condition. It explored acceptability, barriers and facilitators and perceived usefulness of an intervention including clinician training and leader support.
Relevance for policy and practice
The findings from this research project will enable future projects to scale up this approach across other services by detailing perspectives of acceptability and usefulness as well as the challenges faced and recommended solutions.
By informing assessment of the need for, and development of, adaptations to the intervention the findings will enhance the impact of our research, contributing to better outcomes for clients