What is the experience of registered nurses in assessing people with severe mental illness for metabolic syndrome?

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Ruth Crawford
Sisilia Finau Peini
Teramira Christine Schutz


assessment mental health services, metabolic syndrome, registered nurse, severe mental illness.


Introduction: Metabolic Syndrome is a prevalent condition in New Zealand and worldwide, affecting adult populations, especially those who are in long-term  antipsychotic medications for severe mental illness. Registered nurses play a crucial role in improving the health of this population.

Methods: Five registered nurses with at least two years of working experience in the mental health settings participated in this qualitative, exploratory study, underpinned by the Kakala Research Framework. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews with the participants were undertaken to gather research data and thematic analysis was used to find common themes.

Findings: Registered nurses in mental health services are experiencing clinical and professional enablers as well as professional, organisational and systematic barriers in assessing people with severe mental illness for metabolic syndrome.

Conclusion: Skilled registered nurses in mental health services are required to take the responsibility for providing a “one-stop-shop” for people with metabolic syndrome.

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