Do nurse interventions cut cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness?
Study of more than 70 primary care practices in England finds increased risk factors
Research into how best to prevent heart attacks or strokes in people with severe mental illnesses (SMI) across 76 primary care practices in England found that practice nurses adhered to the intervention and behaviour change components more than healthcare assistants (HCAs).
People with SMI die up to 20 years earlier than the general population from cardiovascular disease (CVD). They have increased risk factors, but are less likely to be screened or receive interventions to reduce their risk. A risk model for predicting CVD events was developed, and a cohort study demonstrated the extent statins prevented CVD events in people with SMI.
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