ACMHN's 44th International Mental Health Nursing Conference Mental Health is a Human Right 24-26 October 2018 Pullman Cairns International, Cairns, Australia: A call for a radical wholehearted approach to addressing cardiovascular inequalities.

Teresa Kelly, Bridget Hamilton, Sharon Lawn, Suresh Sundram

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    Abstract

    Introduction and Background: People who live with mental illness have a reduced life expectancy, mostly due to cardiovascular disease. The improvement in cardiovascular mortality in mainstream populations has not been seen in mental illness populations (Lawrence, Hancock, & Kisely, 2013). Aims: This research aimed to explore how people who live with mental illness experience and make meaning of their cardiovascular health in their everyday lives; and why people with mental illness have not benefited from advances in reducing cardiovascular disease mortality. Methodology and Methods: This study used critical realism (Bhaskar, 1975) and a realist qualitative design to frame a multi‐method narrative inquiry. Data collection included: clinical file reviews; semi‐structured interviews; and semi‐structured narrative interviews. Visual methods were employed during interviews. Narrative analysis undertaken across the datasets produced a collection of ten illustrated core stories. Thematic analysis conducted within and across the storied collection generated a metanarrative. Results: The metanarrative offers collective understandings of lived cardiovascular health. There are four key storylines: (1) Getting mental illness: switching on the complex interplay between mental illness and cardiovascular health; (2) Living the complex interplay; (3) Uncovering the human hearts; and (4) Transforming vulnerable hearts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-26
    Number of pages2
    JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
    Volume27
    Issue numberS1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
    Event44th International Mental Health Nursing Conference - Pullman Cairns International, Cairns, Australia
    Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 44

    Keywords

    • cardiovascular disease
    • cardiovascular health
    • mental illness

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