Consumers with co-existing mental health and drug/alcohol problems are exposed to more stigma than those with any other health problems. This scoping review aimed to systematically map the available literature regarding mental health nurses’ attitudes, empathy, and caring efficacy towards consumers with a dual diagnosis. Twenty studies reported outcomes regarding nurse attitudes; however, none reported nurses’ empathy or caring efficacy towards consumers with a dual diagnosis. Further research is required to advance the evidence on the impact of mental health nurses’ attitudes, empathy and caring effectiveness, and the outcomes should lead to improved service delivery for consumers with a dual diagnosis.
Roopalal Anandan, RN B.Sc. Nursing; M.Sc. Nursing, Wendy Cross, RN BAppSc; MEd; PhD; FACN; FACMHN & Michael Olasoji, RN BSc Hons, BNurs (Hons), PGDipMHN, PhD, MACN; MAPNA
Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 21 Aug 2020