Practice nurses and the care of patients receiving depot neuroleptic treatment: views on training, confidence and use of structured assessment

Millar, Elaine, Garland, Carol, Ross, Fiona, Kendrick, Tony and Burns, Tom (1999) Practice nurses and the care of patients receiving depot neuroleptic treatment: views on training, confidence and use of structured assessment. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 29(6), pp. 1454-1461. ISSN (print) 0309-2402

Full text not available from this archive.

Abstract

The movement of care into the community for the mentally ill with severe and enduring problems has important implications for primary care services. This paper reports the findings from an interview with practice nurses working in south-west London, United Kingdom, who had participated in a randomised control trial to investigate the effectiveness of training and structured assessment on clinical and social outcomes of patients receiving maintenance medication of depot antipsychotics. The aim of the interview was to explore current practice, attitudes, confidence and priorities for training in relation to these patients. Thirty-nine nurses were interviewed. The majority of practice nurses received scant referral information and worked without protocols. Even though these nurses had received the training, and as a result of the study had increased awareness of the problems of the severely mentally ill, there was a significant relationship between inadequate knowledge of schizophrenia to carry out the task of medication management and lack of confidence. Although the small size of the sample does not permit generalization, important questions are raised for further practice development and research, including the future training needs of practice nurses and partnership relationships with mental health professionals for supervision and support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge of severe and enduring mental illness, management of depot neuroleptic medication, practice nurse, primary health-care, general-practice, community
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Kim Forbes
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2010 10:01
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2424

Actions (Repository Editors)

Item Control Page Item Control Page