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Carer participation in mental health service delivery

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 emphasise 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. 

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Additional Titles
Int J Mental Health Nurs

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1445-8330
Resource Database
Hmic
Publication Year
2006
Issue Number
3
Volume Number
15
Start Page
189-94
Language
English