The mind and body are inseparable and it’s often found that mental and physical health conditions are inextricably linked. The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness is much shorter than for someone without, often due in part to smoking, obesity, diabetes or alcohol misuse. Likewise, many people with long-term physical health conditions also suffer from depression or other mental health conditions.
Evidence shows us that mental and physical health are best managed by addressing them concurrently and collaboratively. However, it’s true that healthcare services often focus on just one or the other. So, it falls to the individual clinicians to make this important link within patient care.
King’s Health Partners were keen to share this research through a bespoke elearning tool and promote the concept of addressing mental and physical needs together, for a more holistic approach of patient care.