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Great expectations: a systematic review of the literature on the role of family carers in severe mental illness, and their relationship and engagement with professionals

Rowe, J. (2012). Great expectations: a systematic review of the literature on the role of family carers in severe mental illness, and their relationship and engagement with professionals. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19(1) pp. 70–82.

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Abstract

As community care has become embedded in the UK as in much of the western world, more responsibility for psychosocial care has been placed on family carers. A systematic review of the literature about the role of family carers upporting a relative with severe mental illness and their relationships and engagement with professionals was carried out. The review aimed to find out what professionals expected of family carers and what family carers expected of themselves. Themes were identified: the distinct and personal nature of family caring, potentially effective family caring, barriers to effective caring and ways to overcome barriers. There were expectations that family carers were obligated to help support effective care, but that the rights to enable carers to fulfil these obligations were not consistently upheld. Barriers to upholding rights include: types of service provision, professional attitudes to communication and engagement with carers, and carer ability to cope. Recommendations for practice included: service provision aimed at including carers, more empathic communication by professionals, and a covenant between mental health services and people who depend on them. The idea of a covenant requires more discussion and research is needed into what is expected of family carers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 1365-2850
Keywords: family carers; severe mental illness; professionals
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Nursing
Item ID: 31200
Depositing User: John Rowe
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 11:57
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 04:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31200
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