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Dichotomies and differences: challenges for mental health nursing [editorial]

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell
I recently received an email from a mental health nurse who had completed our recent physical health survey and was pleased to see research being conducted in this area. This nurse felt frustrated that attempts to introduce physical health screening had not only been met with a total lack of enthusiasm, but had elicited comments like ‘that wouldn’t be at all consistent with a recovery framework’. This is not the first time I had heard such a statement, but it still leaves me dumfounded. Why are recovery and physical health placed in such a dichotomous position? What are we being asked to choose from here? Can we only focus on mental health and well-being or physical health, and not both? Where is it stated in the recovery literature that physical health is not important and should not be assessed?

History

Volume

21

Issue

5

Start Page

399

End Page

399

Number of Pages

1

eISSN

1447-0349

ISSN

1445-8330

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

No

Journal

International journal of mental health nursing.

Exports

CQUniversity

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