Journal article

What does mental health nursing contribute to improving the physical health of service users with severe mental illness? A thematic analysis

Richard Gray, Eleanor Brown

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Authors have generally reported that mental health nurses (MHNs) have positive attitudes to providing physical health care to service users with severe mental illness. In the present study, we aimed to explore if this positive attitude translates to enhanced clinical practice by interviewing MHNs and the service users they work with. Semistructured interviews were completed with 15 service users and 18 MHNs from acute, rehabilitation, and community services. These were then transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Six themes emerged: (i) not the work of MHNs; (ii) the physical effects of psychiatric drugs are ignored; (iii) the need to upskill; (iv) keeping busy; (v) horrible hospit..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the NHS Lothian Health Services Research Programme. We are grateful to Hugh Masters (Associate Chief Nursing Officer, The Sottish Government, Edinburgh, UK) who conceived and set up the project, and to Gerard O'Neil (Formally Researcher, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK) who carried out the fieldwork for this study. We also acknowledge the contribution of Lawrie Elliott (Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK) and Ann Claveirole (Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK).