Attitudes of Nursing Students on Consumer Participation: The Effectiveness of the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aims of this article were to evaluate the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire, and measure nursing students' attitudes to consumer participation.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Undergraduate nursing students (n = 116) completed the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire at the start of a course on recovery for mental health nursing practice.

FINDINGS:

The current findings confirm an endorsement of consumer participation in individual care processes, but less agreement with participation in organizational-level processes, such as management of mental health services and education of providers. This article also confirms that the questionnaire can effectively measure attitudes to consumer participation.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

The participation of consumers is critical for achieving person-centered services mental health services. It is important that nursing education influence positive attitudes.

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