Journal article

Providers' perceptions of how rural consumers access and use mental health services.

Kimberley D Ryan-Nicholls, Frances E Racher, J Renée Robinson

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv | Published : 2003

Abstract

This article describes the third phase of a research study undertaken within a Canadian provincial regional health authority to explore and analyze mental health services and other resources used by rural consumers after discharge from inpatient mental health programs. The focus of this article is the qualitative research findings obtained from mental health service providers and members of allied agencies. This article will discuss the literature on rural consumers' access and use of mental health programs and services; describe the context and method used to conduct the focus groups with rural service providers; characterize access and use problems from the service providers' perspectives;..

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