Rationale, Component Description and Pilot Evaluation of a Physical Health Promotion Measure for People with Mental Disorders across EuropePrisca Weiser1, Reinhold Kilian1, David McDaid2, Loretta Berti3, Lorenzo Burti3, Peter Hjorth4, Katarzyna Lech5, Köksal Alptekin6, Elena Bonfioli3, Mojca Zvezdana Dernovsek7, Eva Dragomirecka8, Marion Freidl9, Fabian Friedrich9, Aneta Genova10, Arunas Germanavicius11, Povl Munk-Jørgensen12, Ramona Lucas-Carrasco13, Roxana Marginean14, Maya Mladenova10, A-La Park2, Alexandru Paziuc14, Petronela Paziuc14, Stefan Priebe15, Katarzyna Prot-Klinger16, Halis Ulas6, Carolin von Gottberg1, Johannes Wancata9, Thomas Becker1*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Professor Thomas Becker
Department of Psychiatry II
Ulm University BKH Günzburg
D-89312 Günzburg, Germany
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Received date: May 16, 2014; Accepted date: July 11, 2014; Published date: July 15, 2014
Citation: Weiser P, Kilian R, McDaid D, Berti L, Burti L, et al. (2014) Rationale, Component Description and Pilot Evaluation of a Physical Health Promotion Measure for People with Mental Disorders across Europe. J Community Med Health Educ 4:298. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000298
Copyright: © 2014 Weiser P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: The HELPS project aimed at developing a toolkit for the promotion of physical health in people with mental disorders to reduce the substantial excess morbidity and mortality in the target group. Methods: The HELPS toolkit was developed by means of national and international literature reviews, Delphi rounds with mental health experts and focus groups with mental health experts and patients/ residents in 14 European countries. The toolkit was translated into the languages of all participating countries, and usability of toolkit modules was tested. Results: The toolkit consists of several modules addressing diverse somatic health problems, lifestyle, environment issues, patient goals and motivation for health-promotion measures. It aims at empowering people with mental illness and staff to identify physical health risks in their specific contexts and to select the most appropriate modules from a range of health promotion tools. Discussion: The HELPS project used an integrative approach to the development of simple tools for the target population and is available online in 14 European languages. Preliminary evidence suggests that the toolkit can be used in routine care settings and should be put to test in controlled trials to reveal its potential impact.