Guest post from Andria Hanbury regarding physical health care; please share your views through voting on the poll and leaving your comments:
My name is Andria and I have been seconded to the trust to lead on projects aimed at improving different aspects of clinical practice. One such project that I am currently working on is aimed at improving physical health care across the trust. To make sure that the action plan developed as part of this project is evidence-based and targets what it needs to target, we are seeking feedback regarding what people accessing mental health services feel the main challenges are to receiving physical health care.
Could you please take a look at the list below, drawn from published academic research papers, and feedback whether you feel it captures the main challenges from a service-user perspective? If not, what do you feel needs adding in or removing? The majority are focussed on physical health care provided at the doctor’s surgery (primary care), so if there are any issues relating to physical health care within the trust, please feel free to highlight these. Thanks for your time.
Barriers/challenges to accessing physical health care:
- Belief that when attend an appointment at the GP surgery, the GP’s lack interpersonal skills
- Belief that physical health care needs won’t be taken seriously
- Fear of/not wanting certain tests or procedures
- Difficulty in communicating physical health problems
- Lack of advocate/social support
- Anxiety in busy waiting room at the GP surgery
- Difficulty getting continuous care from the same health professional at GP surgery