Enhancing carers’ experiences of mental health services
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Enhancing carers’ experiences of mental health services

John Rowe Lectures, Mental health nursing for the Open University

Practitioners could offer carer-centred practice to help overcome some of the difficulties encountered by family and friends of service users, says John Rowe

This article suggests that relational approaches and carer-centred practice in mental health and other services might alleviate some of the burden on the health – both physical and mental – experienced by informal carers. Unhelpful staff attitudes and poor communication are barriers to effective engagement between professionals and carers.

Carer-centred practice requires professionals to identify and develop relationships with carers, appreciate interdependencies and the complexity of need, and involve family members and friends of the service user as expert partners in care.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 2, 24-26. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.



Conflict of interest

None declared

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 27 June 2012

Accepted: 01 March 2013