What is the therapeutic relationship in mental health practice?
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice Previous     Next

What is the therapeutic relationship in mental health practice?

Bronwen Williams Mental health nurse and educator, Bronwen Williams Development Training & Consultancy, Herefordshire, England

How a positive relationship between nurse and patient is vital for achieving good outcomes

The therapeutic relationship was described by Peplau (1952) as the foundation of mental health nursing. The therapeutic relationship continues to be the bedrock for achieving good outcomes with patients who have mental health issues (Sosnowska et al 2013), more so than the actual intervention or therapy used (Hartley et al 2020).

Mental Health Practice. 27, 1, 19-19. doi: 10.7748/mhp.27.1.19.s11

Want to read more?

Already subscribed? Log in

OR

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first 3 months

Your subscription package includes:
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals and their archives
  • Customisable dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
Subscribe
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or