Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: a systematic review

Happell, Brenda, Byrne, Louise, McAllister, Margaret, Lampshire, Debra, Roper, Cath, Gaskin, Cadeyrn J., Martin, Graham, Wynaden, Dianne, McKenna, Brian, Lakeman, Richard, Platania-Phung, Chris and Hamer, Helen (2013) Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: a systematic review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23 1: 1-14. doi:10.1111/inm.12021


Author Happell, Brenda
Byrne, Louise
McAllister, Margaret
Lampshire, Debra
Roper, Cath
Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.
Martin, Graham
Wynaden, Dianne
McKenna, Brian
Lakeman, Richard
Platania-Phung, Chris
Hamer, Helen
Title Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: a systematic review
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0349
1445-8330
Publication date 2013-04-15
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/inm.12021
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract A systematic review of the published work on consumer involvement in the education of health professionals was undertaken using the PRISMA guidelines. Searches of the CINAHL, MEDLINE, and PsychINFO electronic databases returned 487 records, and 20 met the inclusion criteria. Further papers were obtained through scanning the reference lists of those articles included from the initial published work search (n = 9) and contacting researchers in the field (n = 1). Thirty papers (representing 28 studies) were included in this review. Findings from three studies indicate that consumer involvement in the education of mental health professionals is limited and variable across professions. Evaluations of consumer involvement in 16 courses suggest that students gain insight into consumers' perspectives of: (i) what life is like for people with mental illness; (ii) mental illness itself; (iii) the experiences of admission to, and treatment within, mental health services; and (iv) how these services could be improved. Some students and educators, however, raised numerous concerns about consumer involvement in education (e.g. whether consumers were pursuing their own agendas, whether consumers' views were representative). Evaluations of consumer involvement in education are limited in that their main focus is on the perceptions of students. The findings of this review suggest that public policy expectations regarding consumer involvement in mental health services appear to be slowly affecting the education of mental health professionals. Future research needs to focus on determining the effect of consumer involvement in education on the behaviours and attitudes of students in healthcare environments.
Keyword Consumer
Inclusion
Mental health
Professional education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Early online access 15 April 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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