Why Is Better Mental Health Care So Elusive?
Article first published online: 2 JUN 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 279–285, October 2010
How to Cite
Horsfall, J., Cleary, M. and Hunt, G. E. (2010), Why Is Better Mental Health Care So Elusive?. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 46: 279–285. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00264.x
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 2 JUN 2010
- First received November 4, 2009; Revision received January 5, 2010; Accepted for publication January 8, 2010.
- health care;
- mental health organization;
- quality improvement;
PURPOSE. There are numerous barriers to improving healthcare delivery. This article summarizes contemporary theories and research evidence to focus on ways to motivate change within the hospital system to provide better health care.
CONCLUSIONS. Understanding multidisciplinary team processes, recognizing hospitals as systems, and ascertaining the unit culture is a prerequisite for leaders and policy makers to improve mental health practices.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Finding ways to deliver better health care to people with a mental illness is a high priority, and nurses have a central role to play in this pursuit of excellence.