Monitoring and management of metabolic abnormalities: mixed-method evaluation of a successful intervention

Wilson, E., Randall, C., Patterson, S., Emmerson, B., Moudgil, V. and Weaver, Tim ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Monitoring and management of metabolic abnormalities: mixed-method evaluation of a successful intervention. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 (3) . pp. 248-253. ISSN 1039-8562 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1039856214529000)


Objective: To describe the process and impact of a service-level intervention on metabolic monitoring and follow-up of patients of a mental health service who were prescribed clozapine, and describe the metabolic health of these patients.

Methods: The intervention – Let’s Get Physical – involved designating two months annually as ‘physical health months’, during which revised service protocol required metabolic monitoring for all eligible patients. Mixed methods were used to assess rates of monitoring at baseline, during the two physical health months, and follow-up and factors influencing practice. Data was analysed using a descriptive statistics and framework approach.

Results: Monitoring was completed for around two thirds of eligible patients during each physical health month, representing a statistically significant increase (approximately fourfold) from baseline. Perceptions regarding scope of practice and perceived competency managing metabolic abnormalities were key determinants of clinicians’ practice. Low rates and inconsistency of follow-up were observed.

Conclusion: Let’s Get Physical is cost effective in enhancing adherence to monitoring guidelines. The use of clinical algorithms supporting timely response to abnormalities should be considered. Ongoing education, role clarity and dedicated resources are required if psychiatrists are to contribute meaningfully to improving the physical health of people with mental illness.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 19667
Depositing User: Timothy Weaver
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 10:26
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 14:29

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