Psychiatric nurses' attitudes toward consumer and carer participation in care: Part 2-barriers to participation.

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Australian government policy has effectively mandated consumer and carer participation. However, the limited relevant literature suggests there are significant barriers to implementing participation in mental health services. Nurses have been identified as a professional group with an important role in creating the culture changes necessary for successful implementation, yet their views about consumer and carer participation have not been extensively explored. This article presents Part 2 of the findings of a qualitative study using focus group interviews with 30 nurses to explore opinions on the topic of consumer and carer participation. Data were analyzed using a content analysis approach, assisted by the software package NVivo. The themes explicated were systemic barriers and education, an essential ingredient. These findings emphasize the barriers and provide some sense of how educational techniques might assist with making some constructive inroads.

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