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Attitudes of Nursing Students on Consumer Participation: The Effectiveness of the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire

Authors

  • Louise Byrne MA (Hons),

    PhD Candidate, Lecturer in Recovery & Lived Experience Practitioner
    1. Central Queensland University, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Brenda Happell RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, B Ed, M Ed, PhD,

    Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, Director, Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Central Queensland University, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Chris Platania-Phung BA (Hons)

    Research Fellow
    1. Central Queensland University, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement The authors report no conflict of interest.

Abstract

Purpose

The aims of this article were to evaluate the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire, and measure nursing students' attitudes to consumer participation.

Design and Methods

Undergraduate nursing students (n = 116) completed the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire at the start of a course on recovery for mental health nursing practice.

Findings

The current findings confirm an endorsement of consumer participation in individual care processes, but less agreement with participation in organizational-level processes, such as management of mental health services and education of providers. This article also confirms that the questionnaire can effectively measure attitudes to consumer participation.

Practice Implications

The participation of consumers is critical for achieving person-centered services mental health services. It is important that nursing education influence positive attitudes.

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