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Posted: September 7th, 2023

Assessment Task 1: Literature Review

Assessement 1

Assessment Task 1: Literature Review
Summary and purpose of assessment
This assessment task examines your ability to critically review the available literature on a particular mental health subject matter

Assessment item Percent
Introduction and Literature search strategy 20
Discussion: Synthesis of literature. Identification of major themes from the literature. 40
Clarity of expression 10
Referencing using APA 7th ed. Quality of references used. 10

Task instructions

Background Information/Instructions:

The mental health and wellbeing of people living with a mental illness is of paramount importance when care is being delivered. One of the areas that need to be taken into consideration is the physical health of consumers living with a mental illness given that people living with a mental illness have poorer physical health outcomes compared to the general population.

This assessment task would require you to conduct a literature review that critically examines the extant of literature that has reported on:

“The barriers and facilitators of ensuring good physical health outcomes for people living with a severe mental illness”.


You are required to search for existing literature on this chosen area (minimum 10) and critically examine the primary research studies that have been conducted in the area. You are to draw out at least 3 themes from these studies. This should not just be a collection/listing of studies but rather a thorough analysis of what the studies found, comparisons between studies and identification of gaps in the studies including any limitations.

You are to provide details about the studies you have chosen including the settings, sample, design and analysis. Where applicable use the PICO format.

Limit your search to the following databases: CINAHL (EBSCO), Embase, and MEDLINE or Google Scholar. Please contact the University Library if you are having any difficulties with accessing the database.

Use double spacing throughout essay.
Font size:11-12
Approximately 3-4 pages (excluding reference list)
Use APA 7th Edition
Use at most 2 databases for your searches (if required)
A minimum of 10 papers are to be reviewed
All references must be within the last 10 years (2013-2023). If you need to go outside of this range, you need to provide a reason.
Write in 3rd person, e.g. this paper argues that…. or the author is of the view that……. It can be argued that writing essays can be fun at times……

Keep the following in mind when writing your literature review.
Your literature review needs to be organized around and related directly to the research question.
The result of your review has to be synthesized into a summary of what is known and not known about the topic.
You will need to be critical in your writing. This means comparing and contrasting different concepts, agreeing with, confirming or defending a finding or point of view.
Conceding that an existing point of view has some strengths but qualifying your support of the position by highlighting certain weaknesses.

The Learning Outcomes for this assessment are:

Critically review the relationship between research, evidence-based nursing practice and patient safety outcomes
Critically analyse available research literature to explore and inform “real world” nursing problems.
Identify the ethical and legal responsibilities of undertaking nursing research in a variety of settings and apply knowledge of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NH&MRC) standards of ethical human research to nursing research practice.

Research references:

Theme 1: nurses knowledge and role
Access to Physical Health Care for People with Serious Mental Illness: A Nursing Perspective and a Human Rights Perspective-Common Ground?

Providing physical health care for people accessing mental health services: Clinicians’ perceptions of their role

Mental health nurses’ attitudes, experience, and knowledge regarding routine physical healthcare: systematic, integrative review of studies involving 7,549 nurses working in mental health settings

Mental health nurses’ experience of physical health care and health promotion initiatives for people with severe mental illness

Theme 2: STIGMA
“You’re Just a Mental Health Nurse”: Nurses’ Experiences of Associative Stigma When Accessing Physical Health Care for Their Patients

“The Person Gets Lost in the Whole Process”: Access to Physical Healthcare for Patients Hospitalized in a Psychiatric Hospital

“That’s all Fake”: Health professionals stigma and physical healthcare of people living with Serious Mental Illness

The Wellness Clinic: A retrospective Quasi-experimental, longitudinal study of physical health support in an Australian mental health service setting

Theme3: Collaborative work
Management of physical health conditions in adults with severe mental disorders

Experiences of individuals with severe mental illnesses about physical health services: A qualitative study
Barriers and Facilitators of Healthcare for People with Mental Illness: Why Integrated Patient Centered Healthcare Is Necessary

Extra resources if needed
Staff perspectives on barriers to and facilitators of quality of life, health, wellbeing, recovery and reduced risk for older forensic mental-health patients: A qualitative interview study

Mental health consumers’ perspectives of physical health interventions: An integrative review
Participative mental health consumer research for improving physical health care: An integrative review

STRUCTURE of assessment

• Theme 1: nurses’ knowledge and role
• Theme 2: stigma
• Theme3: collaborative work

The introduction should establish the context and importance of this topic, while clearly stating the research question. The body will then be organized around the three identified themes: 1) Nurses’ knowledge and role in physical healthcare for this population, 2) Issues of stigma impacting access, and 3) Benefits of collaborative/integrated care models.
Within each section, 10-12 recent, relevant research papers should be thoroughly discussed and directly compared/contrasted in terms of settings, samples, methods, findings and limitations. Gaps or inconsistencies between studies can also be noted. Brief contextual summaries of each paper are insufficient – an in-depth analysis of the collective insights and implications of this literature is required.
The conclusion should synthesize the main barriers and facilitators that have emerged across the studies reviewed under each theme. It should also acknowledge limitations in the current research and identify priorities for future studies. Proper use of APA referencing throughout, with at least 4 references included at the end from 2016-2023, will demonstrate adherence to academic standards.
Some additional recent sources that may supplement the specified themes include:
Barker, I., Lloyd, C. E., & Campbell, S. (2019). Physical health care of people with serious mental illness in the United Kingdom: A critical commentary. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(21), 4178.
De Hert, M., Correll, C. U., Bobes, J., Cetkovich-Bakmas, M., Cohen, D., Asai, I., … & Leucht, S. (2011). Physical illness in patients with severe mental disorders. I. Prevalence, impact of medications and disparities in health care. World psychiatry, 10(1), 52-77.
Firth, J., Siddiqi, N., Koyanagi, A., Siskind, D., Rosenbaum, S., Galletly, C., … & Stubbs, B. (2019). The Lancet Psychiatry Commission: a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness. The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(8), 675-712.
Kisely, S., Campbell, L. A., Yelland, L. N., Paydar, A., & Siskind, D. (2018). Physical health care for people with severe mental illness: meta-review of interventions. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 212(4), 189-197.

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