Involving carers in risk assessment: a study of a structured dialogue between mental health nurses and carers
Jackson, Haley; Wray, Jane; Gardiner, Eric; Flanagan, Tracy
Miss Jane Wray J.Wray@hull.ac.uk
Director of Research, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Eric Gardiner E.D.Gardiner@hull.ac.uk
Background: Involving carers is a key priority in mental health services. Carers report the sharing of service users safety information by mental health nurses is problematic and seldom takes place.
Aims: To investigate the impact of an intervention on consensus between nurses and carers on perceptions of risk.
Methods: Carer-nurse risk consensus scores were measured pre- and
post- introduction of a structured dialogue (paired t-test/ANOVA). Carer experience with involvement was surveyed pre-test (n=60) and
compared with the post- test intervention group (n=32) (chi-square
tests of linear-by-linear association).
Results: Consensus and perceptions regarding type and severity of risk did not change significantly for carers or nurses after engaging in a structured dialogue. Statistically significant differences were found with carers’ reporting higher levels of satisfaction with services in 4 out of 6 areas surveyed.
Conclusions: Findings provide support for increasing carer contribution to discussions regarding risk. Further work to embed carer involvement in clinical practice is warranted.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Aug 1, 2019|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||Wray, J., Jackson, H., Gardiner, E., & Flanagan, T. (2019). Involving carers in risk assessment: a study of a structured dialogue between mental health nurses and carers. Journal of research in nursing : JRN, 24(5), 330-341. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987119851533|
|Keywords||Informal carers; Mental health; Nursing practice; Patient safety; Risk management|
©2019 The authors
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