Differences between Irish and Australian psychiatric nurses' family-focused practice in adult mental health services
KeywordsMENTAL HEALTH NURSING
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CitationDifferences Between Irish and Australian Psychiatric Nurses' Family-Focused Practice in Adult Mental Health Services. 2016, 30 (2):132-7 Arch Psychiatr Nurs
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
AbstractPsychiatric nurses' practice with parents who have mental illness, their children and families is an important issue internationally. This study provides a comparison of Irish and Australian psychiatric nurses' family-focused practices in adult mental health services. Three hundred and forty three nurses across Ireland and 155 from Australia completed the Family Focused Mental Health Practice Questionnaire. Cross-country comparisons revealed significant differences, in terms of family-focused skill, knowledge, confidence and practice. Australian psychiatric nurses engaged in higher family-focused practice compared to Irish nurses. The comparative differences between countries may be attributable to differences in training, workplace support and policy.