Mental health service users' experiences of mental health care: An integrative literature review
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Original versionNewman, D., O'Reilly, P., Lee, S., & Kennedy, C. (2015). Mental health service users' experiences of mental health care: An integrative literature review. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22(3), 171-182. 10.1111/jpm.12202
A number of studies have highlighted issues around the relationship between service users and providers. The recovery model is predominant in mental health as is the recognition of the importance of person-centred practice. The authors completed an in-depth search of the literature to answer the question: What are service users' experiences of the mental health service? Three key themes emerged: acknowledging a mental health problem and seeking help; building relationships through participation in care; and working towards continuity of care. The review adds to the current body of knowledge by providing greater detail into the importance of relationships between service users and providers and how these may impact on the delivery of care in the mental health service. The overarching theme that emerged was the importance of the relationship between the service user and provider as a basis for interaction and support. This review has specific implications for mental health nursing. Despite the recognition made in policy documents for change, issues with stigma, poor attitudes and communication persist. There is a need for a fundamental shift in the provider–service user relationship to facilitate true service-user engagement in their care.