Community Psychiatric Nursing: A research perspective by Edward White (auth.), Charles Brooker BA(Hons), MSc, RMN,

By Edward White (auth.), Charles Brooker BA(Hons), MSc, RMN, DipNEd, RNT, Edward White MSc(SocPol), MSc(SocRes), RMN, DipCPN, PGCEA, RNT (eds.)

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It was found that 75% of the carers were suffering from minor mood disorders severe enough to warrant treatment and, one year later, although anxiety Ievels were reduced, families still complained of a high number of somatic problems and disruption to family life. Williamson and Danaber (1978) criticize current approaches to care in the health service for weakening family and kinship responsibility for care and decreasing the motivation of individuals to Iook after their own health. They stress the need for people tobe educated in 'what to treat, when to treat, how long to treat and with what'.

Needs for information and advice. Patients made reference to a range of needs for information and advice both in relation to their stay in hospital and in preparation for discharge, but the interviews revealed wide variations between individuals in terms of what they wanted to know. ', 'How long l'd have to be in hospital'; treatment and medication; practicalities such as finance and housing, ward orientation; advice on relaxation; how to avoid further illness; enjoying free time; how to cope outside hospital, for example, 'What to expect', 'How to keep calm'; and follow-up care.

And Fryers, T. (1988) The practice of community psychiatric nursing and mental health social work in Salford: some implications for community care. British Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 783-92. CHAPTER TWO A study to investigate the views of patients and their carers on the work undertaken by nurses to prepare the patient for discharge from hospital Katharine E. Ferguson INTRODUCTION This chapter raises two important and topical issues in the field of psychiatric nursing care. First, the need to explore users' perceptions of the service they receive and to consult with them about what they want and, second, the need to adequately prepare clients - both patients and their carers - for discharge, taking into account their perceived needs.

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