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The required role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse in primary health-care: an augmented Delphi study

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Barker, Professor Pauline Pearson


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An augmented Delphi study was employed to elicit the perceptions of CPNs, GPs, social workers, managers of psychiatric nursing services and health service purchasers in England, on the role required of a psychiatric (mental health) nurse in primary health care. In the final stage of the study, users of mental health service were enlisted in a verification study of the emergent findings. A broad consensus emerged that a gap existed in mental health services in primary care. This was perceived as placing a large burden on GPs, which might be reduced by the appropriate development of community psychiatric- mental health nursing. The study suggested the possibilities for development of a 'mental health nurse consultant' role, which might augment the current CPN role, within which the nurse might offer not only direct patient care, but also support to members of the primary care team.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Barker P; Pearson P; Walker L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nursing Inquiry

Year: 2000

Volume: 7

Issue: 2

Pages: 91-102

ISSN (print): 1320-7881

ISSN (electronic): 1440-1800

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1800.2000.00058.x

PubMed id: 11075106


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