Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2017

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Michael Terry, DNP, APRN

Second Advisor

Carolina Osorio, MD


Purpose: To increase psychiatric providers’ adherence to the recommendations set forth in the American Psychiatric Association Consensus Guideline for metabolic management of patients prescribed second generation antipsychotic medications (SGAs).

Background: Research suggests that SGAs increase the indicators of metabolic syndrome and a need exists in collecting patients’ biometrics that influences metabolic management.

Methods: Guided by the Iowa Model of Research in Practice, baseline data was collected on blood pressure and body mass index documentation. Metabolic management education was provided to providers in a community behavioral health clinic and four weeks of post data was collected.

Results: A 70% increase in the compliance of blood pressure documentation and a 58.23% increase in body mass index documentation were noted from the baseline data to the post education data.

Conclusions: This evidence-based practice project is the first step in the process of shifting psychiatric provider behavior in adhering to the guidelines for metabolic management of the patients prescribed SGAs.