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THE REPRESENTATION OF SERVICE USERS’ RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL CONCERNS IN CARE PLANS

KEVERN, Peter and WALSH, Julia and MCSHERRY, Wilfred (2013) THE REPRESENTATION OF SERVICE USERS’ RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL CONCERNS IN CARE PLANS. Journal of Public Mental Health, 12 (3). pp. 153-164. ISSN 1746-5729

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Abstract or description

Purpose
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy with which care plans
capture and make use of data on the spiritual and religious concerns of
mental health service users in a UK Health and Social Care Trust.

Design
A questionnaire was given to service users (N=71) and the findings compared
with the information held on their behalf by the relevant Health and Social
Care Trust at three key points in the care planning process.

Findings
The study found that the importance that many service users accorded to
spirituality and religion was not reflected in the electronic records, that some
information was wrong or wrongly-nuanced when compared with the patient’s
self-description and that service users themselves were often mistaken
regarding the type and quality of information held on record.

Practical Implications
The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the process of
information gathering, to the training and support of Care Coordinators and to the monitoring and revision of Care Plans.

Originality/value
Although there have been studies of the delivery of ‘spiritual care’ in general
acute care, there have been no similar studies in relation to mental health
service users and their needs. The comparison of information from the service
users themselves with the information recorded by the Trust provides a
measure of the extent to which service user’s own perspectives are being
incorporated into their care plans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Care Coordinator, Care Management, Mental Health, Spirituality, Religion
Subjects: L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Social Work, Allied and Public Health
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Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 16:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 16:28
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1575

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