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Carer participation in mental health service delivery


Cleary, M and Freeman, A and Walter, G, Carer participation in mental health service delivery, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 15, (3) pp. 189-194. ISSN 1445-8330 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00422.x


There is increasing emphasis on enhancing consumer and carer participation in the planning and provision of mental health services. However, health professionals, consumers, and carers have different perceptions about what constitutes optimal care; identifying, negotiating, and meeting their respective needs can be challenging. The aim of the paper is to highlight the challenges of facilitating carer participation in daily practice and emphasize the broader issues that would benefit from more extensive discussion among health professionals. By examining the strategies used to enhance consumer participation, there is the potential to avoid many of the mistakes of the past and create a flexible and responsive framework to increase carer involvement. The authors anticipate that this discussion will resonate with many clinical staff as well as carers themselves. Identifying barriers to carer participation opens the way to promoting collaboration and enhancing care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:carers, mental health
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:108434
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-08-08

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