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Family involvement during severe mental health problems

This is a cluster randomized study on implementation of guidelines on family involvement during severe mental health problems.

Nurse in conversation with patient and family

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About the project

This project will map the implementation of selected elements of the national guideline for family involvement during severe mental health problems, investigate barriers and facilitators to implementing well-researched interventions and good practices, explore the most important moral dilemmas and conflicting interests related to family involvement – and how can these be dealt with, improve the implementation of selected elements in the national guidelines through a comprehensive implementation support program involving all stakeholders, and investigate whether implementation of selected core elements improves selected outcomes for patients, family, and staff.

This project will bridge the gap between knowledge and practice, and will improve triadic collaboration between users/patients, families and staff by introducing an implementation strategy that is responsive and participatory, engaging all relevant stakeholders.

Objective

To improve health services and psychosocial health of people with severe mental health problems and their families through implementing well-researched interventions and good practices on family involvement in a mixed method and multidisciplinary study involving all stakeholders.

Outcomes

Background

There are compelling reasons to intensify the implementation of family involvement in mental health care, in particular during severe mental health problems. Besides scientific evidence of positive effects on the economy and improvements in the health and wellbeing of people with severe mental health problems and their families, there is a moral imperative to involve those providing unpaid care and support in collaboration with professional care. Despite compelling evidence of the benefits and a broadly acknowledged ethical and legal imperative to involve families, family involvement in mental health services remains patchy and underdeveloped.

National guidelines on family involvement have been developed based on reviews of research, good practices, legal regulations and discussions among experts and key stakeholders. In spite of these developments and intentions to improve the services through guidelines, research indicates that the gap remains large. Furthermore, the extent to which guidelines on family involvement are implemented in everyday routine practice is largely unknown.

Sub-projects

  1. Developing the final implementation and evaluation plan in collaboration with the end-users and doing the implementation.
  2. Mapping, baseline, evaluation and monitoring.
  3. Policy and health economy.
  4. Ethics

Financing

  • The Research Council of Norway

Cooperation

  • Ahus
  • OsloMet

Start - finish

2017 - 2021

Publications

  • Reidar Pedersen (2018). Pårørendearbeid.
  • Reidar Pedersen (2017). Implementering av retningslinjer for pårørendesamarbeid ved alvorlige psykiske problemer .
  • Reidar Pedersen (2017). A cluster randomized study on implementation of guidelines on family involvement during severe mental illness.

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Published Nov. 1, 2017 11:52 AM - Last modified Apr. 11, 2018 3:21 PM