New research published by CLAHRC researchers based at the Queen Mary University of London highlights the value of family and friends being involved in the care of mental health inpatients.
The paper, published in BMC Psychiatry details how feasible it was to implement carer involvement in four inpatient wards across East London, and explores the experiences of participants.
The intervention was of particular value soon after admission to an inpatient ward, which can be a traumatic and frightening experience.
The researchers, working out of the University’s Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, found that despite the challenges of implementing carer involvement in hospital treatment for mental illness, a simple structured approach can make a positive difference. The research also found that patients, clinicians and carers appreciated this approach to care.
The intervention will be of value to clinicians as it offers clear procedures to follow. The authors conclude that wider organisational support is vital to make the intervention work, in particular from senior managers and clinical leaders.
“It’s a matter of building bridges…” – feasibility of a carer involvement intervention for inpatients with severe mental illness
Kaselionyte et al. BMC Psychiatry (2019) 19:268