Proportion of patients with documented evidence of assessment of physical health-related problems according to known history of physical health problems or family history of risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Sixty (93.8%) of the 64 eligible trusts and health boards took part in the audit and returned data on physical health for 5091 patients (mean 84.9, range 17-134). Study patients had a mean age of 45 years (s.d. = 14, range 18-93), 3305 (64.9%) were male, and most (n = 3046, 59.8%) had been in contact with mental health services for over 10 years. Of the 4988 for whom ethnicity was stated, 3973 (79.7%) were White, 415 (8.3%) were Asian/British Asian, 431 (8.6%) were Black/Black British and 169 (3.4%) were mixed or from other minority ethnic communities. Data from the HoNOS were returned for 4778 patients. Of these, 512 (10.7%) had a physical health problem that imposed moderate to severe restrictions on activity.
How are PTSD and Physical Health Problems Related
The authors utilized data from the 2004 and 2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys to identify adults without mental or physical illness in the 2004 survey who went on to experience a negative physical health event in 2005. Compared to those without a physical health problem, people with physical health problems had a threefold increase in the likelihood of obtaining mental health care. This was true even in the absence of what could be considered a catastrophic illness such as cancer or a stroke.