The Working Alliance Between Patients With Bipolar Disorder and the Nurse: Helpful and Obstructive Elements During a Depressive Episode From the Patients' Perspective
SourceArchives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29, 5, (2015), pp. 290-6
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Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Despite treatment, many patients with bipolar disorder experience impaired functioning and a decreased quality of life. Optimal collaboration between patient and mental health care providers could enhance treatment outcomes. The goal of this qualitative study, performed in a trial investigating the effect of collaborative care, was to gain more insight in patients' experiences regarding the helpful and obstructive elements of the working alliance between the patient recovering from a depressive episode and their nurse. Three core themes underpinned the nurses' support during recovery: a safe and supportive environment, assistance in clarifying thoughts and feelings, and support in undertaking physical activities.
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