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How can you involve carers in patient recovery?

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Article:

Craddock E (2013) Supporting mental health carers’ role in recovery. Nursing Times; 109: 47, 22-24.

 

Author:

Esther Craddock is a learning and development adviser at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust.

 

 

Abstract:

“Literature on the care offered by mental health services suggests carer involvement is minimal. This programme aimed to involve carers more by supporting and preparing them to be informed partners, enhancing their contribution to the healing environment and supporting them in tackling stigma. We offered 15 carers access to supportive and educational workshops. Around half, a core group, attended all eight workshops.

“Outcome measures showed no significant shifts of thinking or change for the carers. However, contributory factors found during evaluation of the project may explain these findings.

“The workshops helped carers to develop resilience and learn to care for themselves and the service users. Peer support developed throughout the programme.”

 

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The needs of those caring for people with serious mental illness
  • How a programme was designed to support them
  • Feedback from participants and future plans

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

How to support carers. It could also be useful if you were writing about stigma, particularly stigma surrounding mental illness, as the article explores how giving carers a better understanding of mental illness can improve patient outcomes.

Although this article focuses mainly on those caring for people with a serious mental illness, many of the principles and suggested methods of offering support could be helpful for any type of healthcare.

This article gives facts about carers that could be referenced in essays about patient support.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article gives a good understanding and insight into the needs of carers, which could help you to support them. It also shows how you can involve carers in patient care and the benefits of doing so.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How can you involve carers in the care you’re offering patients?
  • Do carers always want to be involved?
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