Family perspectives of healthcare for relatives living with a mental illness
Purpose: This study explored how parents, partners or spouses, siblings, and adult children, who had a relative living with a mental illness, experienced interactions with mental healthcare providers and staff. Design and Methods: A descriptive qualitative research process guided interviews with 20 family members about their experiences with the mental healthcare system. Findings: Analysis yielded similar and different themes of experience for each family role. Although navigating the mental system presented challenges, positive experiences affirmed family members' contributions to caregiving. Practice Implications: Involvement of family members contributes to inclusive care and promotes family satisfaction with care provided to their relative.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Schaffer, Marjorie A., "Family perspectives of healthcare for relatives living with a mental illness" (2021). Nursing Faculty Publications. 35.