- Article: McLauglin S, Colbourn S (2012) A reading group in acute mental healthcare. Nursing Times; 108: 44, 14-15.
- The Reader Organisation works in healthcare to share great literature with patients and staff
- One trust has piloted readings of stories and poems to patients with acute mental health problems
- The 90-minute “read aloud” sessions encourage patients to interrupt and share life experiences
- Participants in the sessions engaged with the content of the text and with each other
- The sessions were a good example of collaborative working between healthcare and the third sector
- Think about what you get from reading. Outline why you read and what you gain from the process.
- What are the benefits of group reading for people with mental health problems?
- If you were going to set up a group reading scheme how would you advertise it to patients?
- How would you measure its effectiveness?
- Could the principles of group reading but used in other clinical specialties? Give examples.
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