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Mental Health Clinicians' Attitudes About Consumer and Consumer Consultant Participation in Australia: A Cross-Sectional Survey Design

McCann, Terence and Clark, Colin and Baird, John and Lu, Sai (2008) Mental Health Clinicians' Attitudes About Consumer and Consumer Consultant Participation in Australia: A Cross-Sectional Survey Design. Nursing and Health Sciences, 10 (2). pp. 78-84. ISSN 1441-0745

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess mental health clinicians’ attitudes about mental health consumer participation in inpatient psychiatric units. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a non-probability sample of 47 clinicians in the psychiatric units of a large Australian hospital. The results showed that gender, length of time as a clinician, and how long the staff worked in the units influenced their attitudes about consumer involvement. Females were more likely than males to support consumer participation in management and consumer consultants. Less experienced staff showed greater support than more experienced staff for mental health consumer involvement in treatment-related matters and consumer consultants in units.New staff members were more likely to register agreement-to-uncertainty regarding consumer involvement in treatment-related issues, whereas established staff members were more likely to record uncertainty about this issue. The findings showed that although reports and policies promoted participation, some clinicians were reluctant to accept consumer and consultant involvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID14874, consumer involvement, gender, inpatient unit, staff attitudes, survey
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2011 05:18
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 05:06
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3825
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2008.00388.x
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