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Assessing Nurse-Initiated Care in a Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team in Australia

Happell, Brenda, Sundram, S, Wortans, J, Johnstone, H, Ryan, Rob and Lakshmana, R (2009) Assessing Nurse-Initiated Care in a Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team in Australia. Psychiatric Services, 60 (11). pp. 1527-1531. ISSN 1527-1531

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This pilot study in a specialist mental health crisis assessment and treatment setting compared patients’ outcomes and level of satisfaction in nurse-initiated care and in treatment as usual. There were no significant differences between nurse-initiated care and treatment as usual in terms of HoNOS scores or consumer and caregiver satisfaction. This was not due to clinical or demographic differences between the two groups nor to an inadequate sample size. Overall, the nurse was found to follow best or acceptable clinical practices. The findings indicate that the nurse practitioner role can potentially initiate safe and effective mental health care and treatment that is as satisfying as that initiated by a physician. Additional, larger-scale research is required to determine the generalizability of these findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19156. nurse initiated care, nursing, mental health, psychiatric care, mental illness, clinical practice, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 02:38
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 23:40
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