Robyn is a physician in internal medicine from Hobart. Within General Medicine she has established new services in private health settings including peri-operative medicine, healthcare for adults with intellectual disability, and healthcare for adults with mental illness.
Biopsychosocial Implications Of Adult Mental Illness In Their Physical Healthcare As Provided By Physicians In Internal Medicine- An Update
There is a well known association between the presence of adult mental illness and increased rates of physical health problems. Data also confirm a disparity of physical health outcomes between those with mental illness compared to those without and that physical health care of adults with mental illness could be improved.Clinical care of the physical health problems is hampered by a diagnostic overshadowing whereby symptoms of mental illness are attributed to physical illness or vice versa, inadequate organisational structures within the health services to facilitate the delivery of the required complexity of care, and possibly a lack of enthusiasm by physicians to become involved in the complicated care of patients with mental illness. This talk provides an overview of the quantitative extent of the vulnerability of adults with mental illness as regards their physical health and a taste of the scientific and psychosocial bases underpinning such mental and physical associations. It proposes scope of involvement and some practical tips in making adjustments to individual professional and systemic organisation of clinical care and services provided by physicians in internal medicine to adults with mental illness.