Psychiatric nurses' attitudes toward consumer and carer participation in care: Part 2-Barriers to participation

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Goodwin, Val and Happell, Brenda (2008) Psychiatric nurses' attitudes toward consumer and carer participation in care: Part 2-Barriers to participation. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 9 (4). pp. 249-256. ISSN 1527-1544


Australian government policy has effectively mandated consumer and carer participation. However, the limited relevant literature suggests there are significant barriers to implementing participation in mental health services. Nurses have been identified as a professional group with an important role in creating the culture changes necessary for successful implementation, yet their views about consumer and carer participation have not been extensively explored. This article presents Part 2 of the findings of a qualitative study using focus group interviews with 30 nurses to explore opinions on the topic of consumer and carer participation. Data were analyzed using a content analysis approach, assisted by the software package NVivo. The themes explicated were systemic barriers and education, an essential ingredient. These findings emphasize the barriers and provide some sense of how educational techniques might assist with making some constructive inroads.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/1527154408316064
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID16036, carer, consumer, mental health, participation, psychiatric nurses
Citations in Scopus 30 - View on Scopus
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