Impact of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme on patient functioning

Meehan, Tom and Robertson, Samantha (2015) Impact of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme on patient functioning. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24 1: 75-81. doi:10.1111/inm.12099

Author Meehan, Tom
Robertson, Samantha
Title Impact of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme on patient functioning
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0349
Publication date 2015-02-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/inm.12099
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 75
End page 81
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme (MHNIP) was established across Australia during 2007. The programme enables mental health nurses to work alongside general practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals to assist in the assessment and treatment of people with mental illnesses. This paper reports on the outcomes for 309 patients referred by GPs to the programme in one region of Queensland. Standardized measures were completed pre- and post-treatment to evaluate changes in symptoms and general functioning between baseline and follow up. Patient contact with the programme ranged from 3 weeks to 38 weeks, and the study group (n = 84) demonstrated significant improvement on all of the self-report and clinician-rated measures employed. Effect sizes ranged from 0.59 to 0.74. The findings suggest that the MHNIP is making a positive contribution, with a medium-to-large impact on the mental health and general functioning of individuals supported through the programme. Further evaluation work is required to determine if the findings from this study can be generalized more broadly.
Keyword Evaluation
Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme
Standardized measure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 11 Nov 2014

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