Families' and decision makers' experiences with mental health care reform: the challenge of collaboration

Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2012 Aug;26(4):e41-50. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2012.04.007.


Family-driven collaboration is fundamental to developing a new model of health care and eliminating fragmented services in mental health. The province of Québec (Canada) recently undertook major transformations of its mental health care system. These transformations represent an opportunity to improve collaboration between families and health care practitioners and to understand which factors facilitate this collaboration. This article describes how families and decision makers perceive collaboration in the context of a major transformation of mental health services and identifies the factors that facilitate and hinder family collaboration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / education
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Confidentiality
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Decision Making*
  • Family Nursing
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Care Reform*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Long-Term Care / psychology
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / nursing*
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Transfer
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Quebec
  • Social Support