Multiple perspectives on shared decision-making and interprofessional collaboration in mental healthcare

Wei Wen Chong, Parisa Aslani, Timothy F. Chen

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Abstract

Shared decision-making is an essential element of patient-centered care in mental health. Since mental health services involve healthcare providers from different professions, a multiple perspective to shared decision-making may be valuable. The objective of this study was to explore the perceptions of different healthcare professionals on shared decision-making and current interprofessional collaboration in mental healthcare. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 healthcare providers from a range of professions, which included medical practitioners (psychiatrists, general practitioners), pharmacists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers. Findings indicated that healthcare providers supported the notion of shared decision-making in mental health, but felt that it should be condition dependent. Medical practitioners advocated a more active participation from consumers in treatment decision-making; whereas other providers (e.g. pharmacists, occupational therapists) focused more toward acknowledging consumers' needs in decisions, perceiving themselves to be in an advisory role in supporting consumers' decision-making. Although healthcare providers acknowledged the importance of interprofessional collaboration, only a minority discussed it within the context of shared decision-making. In conclusion, healthcare providers appeared to have differing perceptions on the level of consumer involvement in shared decision-making. Interprofessional roles to facilitate shared decision-making in mental health need to be acknowledged, understood and strengthened, before an interprofessional approach to shared decision-making in mental health can be effectively implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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Pharmacists
Patient-Centered Care
Mental Health Services
General Practitioners
Psychiatry
Nurses
Interviews
Psychology

Keywords

  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Mental health
  • Patient-centered care
  • Qualitative research
  • Shared decision-making

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  • Medicine(all)

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Multiple perspectives on shared decision-making and interprofessional collaboration in mental healthcare. / Chong, Wei Wen; Aslani, Parisa; Chen, Timothy F.

In: Journal of Interprofessional Care, Vol. 27, No. 3, 05.2013, p. 223-230.

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