Effects of physical limitations on daily activities among adults with mental health disorders: Opportunities for nursing and occupational therapy interventions
Individuals living with mental health disorders served by the public mental health system often face comorbid medical conditions that affect their quality of life and lifespan. The effect of physical limitations on the engagement in daily activities among individuals living with mental health disorders has not been extensively researched. Adults attending community wellness centers (N = 53) in a northeastern United State were included in a descriptive study exploring the impact of physical limitations on daily activities. The activities most frequently affected were: walking or moving around, sleeping, and finding a job. The physical limitations affecting these three activities were lack of energy and pain. Health care professionals, including mental health nurses and occupational therapy practitioners, are in an ideal position to collaborate by evaluating and offering treatment interventions that address physical limitations to positively affect occupational functioning and recovery.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
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Gardner, Jennifer; Swarbrick, Margaret; Ackerman, Ariane; Church, Theodora; Rios, Vanessa; Valente, Laura; and Rutledge, John, "Effects of physical limitations on daily activities among adults with mental health disorders: Opportunities for nursing and occupational therapy interventions" (2017). Kean Publications. 1582.