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The clinical skills of community psychiatric nurses working with patients who have severe and enduring mental health problems: an empirical analysis

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Abstract:

This study describes the use of reliable scales to rate the clinical skills of mental health nurses when working with individuals and families with severe mental health problems. The Cognitive Therapy Scale and the Schizophrenia Family Work Scale were adapted for the study and were shown to have good inter-rater reliability when assessing audio-taped interviews carried out by mental health nurses during their usual course of work with patients with severe mental health problems and their families. The sample of mental health nurses studied were shown to have significantly better general therapy skills than specific cognitive therapy technical skills. The implications for training are discussed.

Keywords: community psychiatric nurses; evaluation; interventions; scales; severe mental health problems; skills

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Clinical Psychologist, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester 2: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester Academic Department of Clinical Psychology, Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-u-Lyne 3: Research Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Manchester 4: Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Manchester 5: Professor of Community Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Manchester 6: Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester 7: Psychology Assistant, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester 8: Psychology Assistant, School of Nursing, University of Manchester, Manchester, England

Publication date: February 1, 1998

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