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by Dr Niraj Arora and
Dr Michael Phelan
Last reviewed: January 2013
Mental health service users have highlighted the
lack of physical health care as a priority.
Psychiatrists are well placed to help their
patients with general ill health and undiagnosed physical illness
to improve quality of life and reduce premature death.
Taking a relevant and comprehensive medical
history alongside a psychiatric history is a vital starting point
to ensure the physical health needs of people with mental illness
This module is an introductory guide to medical history
taking within the constraints of routine psychiatric care, looking
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Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry (book from RCPsych
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