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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry

Edited by Irene Cormac and David Gray


Price: £35.00

College members' price: £31.50

Published: Dec 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 496

ISBN: 9781908020406

Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry

A practical manual on dealing with physical diseases that commonly affect psychiatric patients.

As a psychiatrist, you may be the only medically qualified person caring for your patient. So what do you do when your patient with bipolar disorder also has poorly controlled asthma? Someone taking antipsychotic medication complains of chest pain – what action do you need to take? Your elderly patient with dementia shows signs of respiratory distress following a fall – do you manage this yourself, or arrange a transfer to the emergency department?

People with a mental illness or intellectual disability are especially vulnerable to physical illness but may not have easy access to a primary care doctor. All psychiatrists must be able to deal with medical emergencies and minor injuries, interpret basic medical investigations and recognise where and when to get help from a general practitioner or another specialist.

Uniquely addressing this need, Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry is co-edited by a psychiatrist and a physician, and provides you with:

  • Basic information on common problems that may affect psychiatric patients.
  • Recommendations on regular medical review and disease screening.
  • Confidence to deal with common medical emergencies.
  • Advice on when to refer to a specialist.


Contents

 

Foreword – Sue Bailey

 

Foreword – Dinesh Bhugra

 

Preface

   
 

Section I: Improving physical health

1.

Meeting the physical health needs of people with mental disorders and disabilities

2.

Lifestyle and risks to physical health

3.

General practice in the UK

4.

The role of nurses

5.

The role of health professionals allied to medicine

6.

Tobacco smoking

7.

Obesity and weight management

8.

Physical activity

9.

Physical health standards and examination

10.

The neurological examination

11.

Medico-legal aspects of the treatment of patients with mental illness or learning disabilities

   
 

Section II: Medical specialties

12.

Cardiovascular disease

13.

Respiratory disease

14.

Neurological disorders

15.

Endocrinology

16.

Diabetes

17.

Hepatology

18.

Blood-borne viruses

19.

Sexual health

20.

Contraception, pregnancy, the puerperium and breastfeeding

21.

Cancer

   
 

Section III: Psychiatric specialties and physical health

22.

Alcohol

23.

Drug misuse

24.

Physical aspects of mental illness in children and adolescents

25.

Forensic psychiatric services

26.

General adult psychiatry

27.

Intellectual disabilities

28.

Liaison psychiatry

29.

Old age psychiatry

30.

Physical effects of eating disorders

   
 

Section IV: Medical emergencies and injuries

31.

Emergency medicine

32.

Minor injuries

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Readership:

 The book is written with psychiatrists in mind. It may also be useful for psychiatric nurses and the whole mental health team.

 

Each chapter contains:

- Introduction

- Info on diagnosis, treatment & screening

- Clinical pearls of wisdom

- Many relevant illustrations and diagrams

- Attractive full-colour layouts

- Summarised learning points

- Advice on when to refer to a specialist

 

About the editors:

Irene Cormac - Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Rampton Hospital, Retford, Notts.

David Gray - Reader in Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician/Cardiologist, University Hospital, Nottingham.