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Promoting and hindering factors in the use of advance statements by Australian mental health clinicians


James, R and Maude, P and Searby, A, Promoting and hindering factors in the use of advance statements by Australian mental health clinicians, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing pp. 1-18. ISSN 1351-0126 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/jpm.12901


Introduction: Advance statements, also known as advance directives or psychiatric wills, provide individuals the opportunity to document care and recovery preferences during a period of mental ill health. Although the use of advance statements has gained momentum, little research has explored the factors that promote or hinder further uptake.

Aim: To determine the factors that promote or hinder the uptake of advance statements.

Method: Cross-sectional online survey of healthcare workers (n = 190).

Results: Promoting factors include high perceived value of advance statements, particularly their role in recovery focussed care, while hindering factors include disagreement or responsibility for advance statement creation and legal status.

Discussion: This study indicates that several hindering factors or barriers to advance statement uptake remain, and until these factors are addressed future implementation is arguably hindered. In this paper, we have used the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) model to outline suggestions to address hindering factors to implementation and guide future implementation strategies for advance statement uptake and practice change.

Implications for Practice: The ongoing uptake of advance statements requires tailored implementation strategies address hindering factors. Strong promoting factors, such as the shared belief in the advance statement model and its role in recovery focused care, should be considered a strong foundation for implementation strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:advance directives, advance statements, advance planning, mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:James, R (Dr Russell James)
UTAS Author:Maude, P (Professor Phillip Maude)
ID Code:155204
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2023-02-03
Last Modified:2023-02-03

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