Scott Brunero, RN, DipAppSc BHSc, MNurs (nurs prac).
Mental health education programmes for generalist health professionals: An integrative review
Version of Record online: 13 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing © 2012 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 428–444, October 2012
How to Cite
Brunero, S., Jeon, Y.-H. and Foster, K. (2012), Mental health education programmes for generalist health professionals: An integrative review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21: 428–444. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00802.x
Yun-Hee Jeon, RN, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), MNurs (Research), PhD.
Kim Foster, RN, DipAppSc, BN, MA, PhD.
- Issue online: 10 SEP 2012
- Version of Record online: 13 APR 2012
- Accepted December 2011.
- continuing education;
- general health professional;
- mental health;
Mainstreaming of mental health services has led to an increase in the presentation and care of mental health patients in generalist health settings. The lack of adequate mental health educational preparation of general health professionals (GHP) has been identified as a major barrier to meeting the health-care needs of mental health patients. This study aimed to review and synthesize research evidence on mental health education programmes (MHEP) that have been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of GHP. An integrative literature review was conducted following a search of key electronic databases and hand searching of references of relevant papers, and 25 papers met the study inclusion criteria. Knowledge, skill, and attitudinal improvements in GHP post MHEP were shown in most studies. MHEP that included supervised clinical experience, role play, and case scenarios were reported as being more effective. Issues such as patient participation in education, interprofessional education models, and the willingness, interest and, motivation for GHP to be involved in MHEP warrant further research.