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What does practice development (PD) offer mental health-care contexts? A comparative case study of PD methods and outcomes


McCauley, K and Cross, W and Moss, C and Walsh, K and Schofield, C and Handley, C and Fitzgerald, M and Hardy, S, What does practice development (PD) offer mental health-care contexts? A comparative case study of PD methods and outcomes, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21, (8) pp. 724-737. ISSN 1351-0126 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/jpm.12134


Practice development (PD) in mental health nursing has been progressing over the last decade; however, the level and impact of PD activity in the field of mental health remains poorly understood outside localized project impact. More specific reporting and comparative analysis of PD outcomes will improve this situation. In response, this paper presents three case scenarios from work taking place in Australia and New Zealand, as working examples of how PD methodologies have been applied within mental health practice settings. Using a comparative framework that captures the contributing assumptions, practices, processes and conditions imperative to effective PD work within a mental health-care context, three case vignettes are reviewed. The critical question driving this paper is ‘what mental health-care services does PD offer in terms of transformational change approaches and the promotion of effective workplace cultures?’ Conditions considered necessary for successful PD initiatives within mental health contexts are explored such as how PD converges and diverges with mental health-related theories, plus where and how PD activity best integrates with the specific elements associated with mental health-care provision. The findings are further reviewed in line with reports of PD outcomes from other fields of health care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health care delivery, practice development, practice-led innovation, transformation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
UTAS Author:Handley, C (Ms Christine Handley)
ID Code:94910
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-09-19
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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