Mental health nurses in primary care: quantitative outcomes of the mental health nurse incentive program

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Lakeman, R & Bradbury, J 2014, 'Mental health nurses in primary care: quanititative outcomes of the mental health nurse incentive program', International Journal of mental Health Nursing, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 327-335.

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The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) provides a funding mechanism for credentialed mental health nurses to work in primary care settings in Australia with people with complex and serious psychosocial and mental health problems. This project explored the extent to which the programme contributed to positive outcomes. Sixty-four service user profiles were provided by nurses working within the programme, including the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS), on admission and at the last review point. Mean total HoNOS scores on admission were higher than those typically seen on admission to inpatient care in Australia. Significant reductions in all problem areas except physical health problems were found at the last review point for this sample. These findings support the viewpoint that MHNIP is addressing the needs of people with the most complex needs in primary care and is achieving clinically significant outcomes.

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