Over a third of people presenting in primary care in the United Kingdom (UK) have a mental health problem causing some degree of disruption in their lives.
Approximately 90% of these are treated and managed by primary care staff without any support from mental health services.
Following the White Paper published by the UK Department of Health in 1997 (Department of Health, 1997.
The New NHS - Modern and Dependable, HMSO, London), the influence of primary care both in the commissioning and provision of mental health services is likely to increase.
By far the largest professional group currently involved in mental health in primary care are practice nurses.
Although their numbers have increased dramatically during this decade, little is known of the work they do or of their perceptions of it.
The present questionnaire-based study sought to elicit the types of mental health problems encountered by practice nurses in primary care, the interventions they provide and the skills they utilise.
The data indicates that practice nurses care for people with a wide variety of mental health problems ranging from mild to severe.
Many feel unprepared for this type of work and are reluctant to get too involved with clients in case they uncover problems they are not able to cope with.
Lack of access to appropriate educational support is identified as the main problem currently faced by practice nurses alongside poor inter-professional relationships with mental health personnel. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Pratique professionnelle, Expérience professionnelle, Infirmier, Perception sociale, Trouble psychiatrique, Difficulté psychologique, Soin, Formation professionnelle, Evaluation, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Professional practice, Professional experience, Nurse, Social perception, Mental disorder, Psychological difficulty, Care, Occupational training, Evaluation, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Health staff
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0311113
Code Inist : 002B18H02. Création : 16/11/1999.