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The need for waist circumference as a criterion for metabolic syndrome in people with mental illness

Stanton, R, Gaskin, Cadeyrn, Happell, B and Platania-Phung, C 2015, The need for waist circumference as a criterion for metabolic syndrome in people with mental illness, Collegian, vol. 24, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.08.005.

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Title The need for waist circumference as a criterion for metabolic syndrome in people with mental illness
Author(s) Stanton, R
Gaskin, Cadeyrn
Happell, B
Platania-Phung, C
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 24
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-07-24
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) cardiometabolic health
mental health
metabolic health
physical health
Summary Central obesity is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, but taking waist circumference measurements can be uncomfortable for psychiatric inpatient clinicians and consumers, and if often avoided. The objective of this study was to assess whether metabolic syndrome in people with mental illness can be diagnosed without using waist circumference measurements. This study involved a retrospective file audit of metabolic monitoring forms stored in consumers' electronic health records of community-based and inpatient mental health consumers at a mental health service located in regional Queensland, Australia. Of the 721 consumer files audited, 261 included a metabolic monitoring form. Of these 261 forms, 74 contained data on all five criteria for metabolic syndrome and the population-specific criteria for waist circumference was met in 54 (73%) of cases. Metabolic syndrome was detected in 39 consumers and waist circumference was necessary for this diagnosis in 12 (31%) cases. Measurement of waist circumference is, therefore, necessary for the detection of metabolic syndrome for a substantial proportion of consumers. The common practice of avoiding waist circumference measurements clearly needs to change if the physical health needs of consumers are to be adequately addressed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.08.005
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian College of Nursing Ltd
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