Exploratory study of the use of community treatment orders with clients of an Ontario ACT team [2018]

Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) have raised questions about coercion, lack of autonomy, and effectiveness in reducing hospitalizations and improving service users’ quality of life. This study examined the experiences of clients and clinicians when CTOs are used in combination with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in a recovery oriented approach. Eleven

Challenges and Opportunities for Ex-Offender Support Through Community Nursing [2018]

This study was a qualitative case study underpinned by “The Silences Framework” aimed at mapping the ex-offender health pathway towards identifying “touch points” in the community for the delivery of a nurse-led intervention. Participants meeting the study inclusion criteria were quantitatively ranked based on poor health. Participants scoring the lowest

The clinician–patient working alliance: is it a significant predictor of psychiatric medication adherence in a sample of recently released parolees? [2018]

Persistent psychiatric symptoms can serve as a major barrier to the successful reintegration of parolees with mental illness. Thus, it is important to identify factors that might impact their mental health recovery, such as low adherence to their treatment regimen. The strength of the clinician/patient working alliance has been found

Perceptions of professional role in community mental health nurses: The interplay of power relations between nurses and mentally ill individuals [2018]

Highlights• This qualitative study highlights the perceptions of CMHNs of their status within professional role. • Non-power relations between participants and patients, along with efficacy, control and adequate clinical autonomy for effective professional practice were highlighted as major prerequisites during house calls. • Interventions towards nurses’ psychosocial and organizational empowerment, as well as

The appropriateness of physical contact with clients who have schizophrenia [2017]

The potential benefits and dangers of physical contact between social workers and their clients have been debated for decades. Some authors and researchers assert that non-erotic touch, when done with discretion and client consent, may be therapeutic, while others caution that such contact, regardless of intent, risks being harmful to

Violence towards people with mental illness: Assessment, risk factors, and management [2018]

Aim Violence is an important problem for clinicians, for public health, and for victims. Aside from greater risk of perpetrating violence, people with mental illness are also more commonly victimized than the general population. However, guidance on the assessment and management of violent victimization in clinical settings is limited. Methods

A Comparison of Participants in Two Community-Based Programs: Assisted Outpatient Treatment and a Mental Health Court [2018]

Objective: Mental health courts and assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) are tools to help people with serious mental illness engage in treatment and avoid or reduce institutionalization. As both programs become increasingly prevalent, questions remain about whether people with severe mental illness who receive AOT have the same characteristics, histories, and

Variables associated with interprofessional collaboration: The case of professionals working in Quebec local mental health service networks [2018]

This study identified variables associated with interprofessional collaboration (IPC) among 315 mental health (MH) professionals working in primary health care (PHC) and specialized teams, within four Quebec (Canada) local service networks (LSNs). IPC was measured with a validated scale, and independent variables were organized according to a four-block conceptual framework

Research watch: is social inclusion for service users increased when mental health professionals “come out” as service users? [2017]

Purpose This paper discusses two recent studies of mental health professionals who have experience of mental distress, one in the USA and one in Australia. The purpose of this paper is to highlight different experiences, first of largely concealing their experience, and second of disclosing and using it. Design/methodology/approach The

Determinants of self-reported mental health and utilization of mental health services in Canada [2017]

Research evidence suggests that the prevalence of mental health conditions in Canada has increased while a considerable percentage of people with a mental health issue do not seek professional mental health services. Weighted logistic regression models were used to determine whether age, sex, income, and education predict the self-reported mental

Protocol Social work’s scope of practice in the provision of primary mental health care: protocol for a scoping review [2017]

Introduction Social work is a key member of interprofessional primary healthcare teams and foundational to primary healthcare reforms that aim to improve the provision of mental healthcare. Little is known, however, about social work’s scope of practice within primary healthcare settings, particularly in the provision of mental healthcare. The objective

Peer-supported self-management for people discharged from a mental health crisis team: a randomised controlled trial [2018]

Background High resource expenditure on acute care is a challenge for mental health services aiming to focus on supporting recovery, and relapse after an acute crisis episode is common. Some evidence supports self-management interventions to prevent such relapses, but their effect on readmissions to acute care following a crisis is

Factors Influencing Emerging Adults’ Use of Outpatient Mental Health Services [2018]

Rates of treatment utilization decline as adolescents make the transition to adulthood even though young adults are particularly vulnerable to the negative outcomes of untreated mental illness. Although a variety of factors have been explored to explain decreased treatment utilization in this age group, previous research has almost exclusively employed

Telehealth interventions for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and clinical high-risk for psychosis individuals: A scoping review [2018]

Background Despite its increased use in mental health, both health care provision by telehealth and research are in the early stages. Videoconferencing, a telehealth subfield, has been mainly used for the medication management and delivery of psychological treatments for mood, adjustment and anxiety disorders, and to a lesser extent for

‘The right thing to do’: Fostering social inclusion for mental health service users through acts of citizenship [2018]

The theoretical framework of citizenship is increasingly being used in mental health settings to inform practice. This exploratory qualitative study describes in more detail the acts of citizenship embedded in the everyday practices of mental health workers that promote the social inclusion of people in their care. Acts make a

Modification and Initial Psychometric Evaluation of the Physical Health Attitude Scale for Use in the Canadian Mental Health and Addictions Context [2018]

Introduction: The Physical Health Attitude Scale (PHASe) tool was developed to better understand mental health nurses’ attitudes towards their involvement and confidence in physical health care. This tool has been used in the United Kingdom and Australia; however, it has not been used in Canada. Aim: This study aims to