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A comparative study of the perceptions of British mental health nurses and psychiatrists of their work environment

Authors


Janie Dallender School of Health Sciences, The Medical School, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England.

Abstract

A comparative study of the perceptions of British mental health nurses and psychiatrists of their work environment¶ This comparative study of the perceptions of mental health nurses and psychiatrists about aspects of their work environment was undertaken in the West Midlands in England. The aim of the study was to ascertain the extent to which the environment in which mental health professionals’ work impacts on their own mental and physical well-being. Seventy-four psychiatrists and 301 mental health nurses responded to a postal questionnaire. Analysis of data indicated that significant differences exist between nurses and psychiatrists in their working conditions, their physical working environment, their sources of support with a work-related problem, and the effects of their work on their own mental and physical health. The main recommendation derived from this study was to improve communication between mental health professionals and their managers by giving more structured feedback and guidance about one’s work performance. This may help to alleviate the mental strain many mental health professionals experience in their work.

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