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Why Is Better Mental Health Care So Elusive?


Horsfall, J and Cleary, M and Hunt, GE, Why Is Better Mental Health Care So Elusive?, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: journal for advanced practice psychiatric nurses, 46, (4) pp. 279-285. ISSN 0031-5990 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00264.x


PURPOSE:There are numerous barriers to improving healthcare delivery. This article summarizes contemporary theories and research evidence to focus on ways to motivate change within the hospital system to provide better health care.

CONCLUSIONS: Understanding multidisciplinary team processes, recognizing hospitals as systems, and ascertaining the unit culture is a prerequisite for leaders and policy makers to improve mental health practices.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Finding ways to deliver better health care to people with a mental illness is a high priority, and nurses have a central role to play in this pursuit of excellence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research, mental health, nursing
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108370
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-05-23

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