Hurdles hindering use of mental health skills

BARRIERS are preventing practice nurses from becoming effective members of the general practice team when treating patients with mild to moderate mental health disorders, a New Zealand study shows.

Structural, attitudinal and workforce barriers were identified as preventing the skills of practice nurses being maximised in primary mental health care.

Practice nurses have the potential to screen and do health promotion and brief psychological interventions as part of routine care, according to the study.

For the study, a total of 18 of 26 government-funded mental health care initiatives were examined over 29 months and interviews conducted with members of the general practice team and stakeholders.

International Nursing Review, online 18 Feb