Terence McCann, RMN, RGN, PhD, MA, BA, DipNurs (Lond), RNT, RCNT.
Beliefs about using consumer consultants in inpatient psychiatric units
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2006
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 258–265, December 2006
How to Cite
McCann, T. V., Baird, J., Clark, E. and Lu, S. (2006), Beliefs about using consumer consultants in inpatient psychiatric units. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 15: 258–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00432.x
John Baird, RMN, BA (Hons).
Eileen Clark, BA, MLitt, MSocSci, GDipEnvMgt.
Sai Lu, BMed (Hons), PhD.
Author contribution: Study design: TMcC, EC, JB; ethics: TMcC; data collection: TMcC, JB; data analysis: TMcC, SL; manuscript preparation: TMcC, SL, EC.
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2006
- Accepted June 2006.
- consumer consultants;
- mental health clinicians;
ABSTRACT: A key recommendation of consumer organizations and governments has been the employment of consumer consultants in inpatient psychiatric facilities, but the attitudes of mental health clinicians towards this measure remain inconsistent. The aims of this study were to examine mental health clinicians’ attitudes about the role of mental health consumer consultants in inpatient psychiatric units, and to ascertain if participants’ age, type of inpatient unit, or grade of staff influenced their attitudes towards consultants. The Consumer Participation and Consultant Questionnaire was used, which was adapted from the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire. A convenience sample of 47 mental health professionals from two adult inpatient psychiatric units located in a large Australian public general hospital participated in the study. The findings, overall, showed that participants supported the inclusion of consumer consultants in psychiatric units in areas that indirectly impinged on their current roles. Age, level of nurses, and place of employment did not affect their beliefs, but type of occupation was influential. Nurses were less supportive of aspects of consumer consultants’ roles that overlapped with the traditional roles of the nurse. The findings have implications for clinical practice, education, and further research, and these are discussed.