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Patient involvement in mental health care: culture, communication and caution



Samson Tse PhD MSc

Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Faculty of Social Sciences

The University of Hong Kong

Room 1326, 13/F

K.K. Leung Building

Pokfulam Road

Hong Kong

E-mail: samsont@hku.hk



Patient or service user involvement in mental health services (MHS) is a hallmark of the recovery approach.


In this viewpoint article, we review Tambuyzer et al. paper ‘Patient involvement in mental health care: One size does not fit all’ in order to express our opinion of their work. We also suggest specific actions that may enhance the implementation of patient involvement in MHS.


We make three main points about Tambuyzer et al. model. First, the cultural dimension of patient involvement seems underemphasized in the model. Second, the model might be improved if the increasing role of communications technology in patient involvement is taken into consideration. Third, it is important to acknowledge that the process of patient involvement is not linear, and participation is not a homogeneous experience.


We suggest that the model be expanded and that further work be carried out on the implementation of patient involvement in MHS.