Assess CVD risk in schizophrenia

GPs have been urged to take more responsibility for the physical health of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors must be monitored in these patients, say a collection of advocacy groups including the National Obesity Forum.

Weight gain is a multi-pronged problem in schizophrenia. As well as issues over cardiovascular health, there are concerns that some patients discontinue antipsychotic drugs when they put on weight.

Although the management of severe psychiatric care should continue to be the preserve of specialist services, GPs should be getting more involved with day-to-day management of these patients, say the charities.

The GMS quality framework mental health domain has 23 points for giving patients with schizophrenia health promotion advice depending on their health status. But in the manifesto developed by the advocacy groups, GPs are urged to embrace this role 'enthusiastically'. It called on GPs to set up screening systems to help manage metabolic and cardiovascular risks.

This could lead to referring a patient back to secondary care for a review of their antipsychotic medication.

Dr Dave Tomson, a Tyneside GP with an interest in mental health, called for more flexible support from mental health services.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

MHRA approves Pfizer/BioNTech jab paving way for COVID-19 vaccination to start

MHRA approves Pfizer/BioNTech jab paving way for COVID-19 vaccination to start

The MHRA has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in the UK and...

Enhanced service contract for GP practices delivering COVID-19 vaccine revealed

Enhanced service contract for GP practices delivering COVID-19 vaccine revealed

GP practices have until midnight on 7 December to sign up to a COVID-19 enhanced...

Five GP practices a week inspected by CQC during pandemic second wave

Five GP practices a week inspected by CQC during pandemic second wave

The CQC has inspected five GP practices a week in England since the second wave of...

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women, children and under-18s will not be recommended for routine COVID-19...

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

The second of two articles on audit during GP training looks at how the quality improvement...

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

In the first of two articles on how to write up an audit, a typical e-portfolio entry...