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Psychiatric Nurses' Attitudes Toward Consumer and Carer Participation in Care: Part 1-Exploring the Issues

Goodwin, Val and Happell, Brenda (2007) Psychiatric Nurses' Attitudes Toward Consumer and Carer Participation in Care: Part 1-Exploring the Issues. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 8 (4). pp. 276-284. ISSN 1527-1544

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Consumer and carer participation in mental health delivery is now enshrined in Australian Government policy. However, strategies assisting in implementing this vision have not been explored. Nurses are crucial to the mental health workforce, both in numbers and by virtue of the therapeutic relationship. The willingness of nurses to encourage consumer and carer participation is therefore essential for implementation of this policy. This article presents part 1 of the findings of a qualitative study exploring nurses' opinions regarding consumer and carer participation. Data were analyzed using a content-analysis approach, assisted by the software package NVivo. The themes explicated were as follows: Consumer and carer participation—a help or a hindrance? Encouragement—an important role for nurses; and communication—a gift of nursing. These findings highlight the unique and important role nurses can play in encouraging participation and explore some of the issues involved if that role is to become a reality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID18992, carer, consumer, mental health, participation, psychiatric nurses
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Current > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 23:04
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2012 04:03
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