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Perceptions of the concept of health among nurses working in mental health services: A phenomenographic study.

Jormfeldt, Henrika LU ; Svedberg, Petra LU ; Fridlund, Bengt LU and Arvidsson, Barbro (2007) In International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 16(1). p.6-50
Abstract
A new understanding of the concept of health is needed to meet the goal of mental health nursing, which besides reducing disease is to strengthen the patient's health. The aim of the present study was to describe perceptions of the concept of health among nurses working in mental health services. Twelve Swedish nurses working in mental health services were interviewed and data were analysed with a phenomenographic approach. The nurses expressed 10 perceptions, which constituted three description categories: autonomy, process, and participation. The result showed that health was more than absence of disease. Simultaneously, perceptions were expressed indicating that health was viewed as absence of disease, which implies that the concept is... (More)
A new understanding of the concept of health is needed to meet the goal of mental health nursing, which besides reducing disease is to strengthen the patient's health. The aim of the present study was to describe perceptions of the concept of health among nurses working in mental health services. Twelve Swedish nurses working in mental health services were interviewed and data were analysed with a phenomenographic approach. The nurses expressed 10 perceptions, which constituted three description categories: autonomy, process, and participation. The result showed that health was more than absence of disease. Simultaneously, perceptions were expressed indicating that health was viewed as absence of disease, which implies that the concept is not sufficiently defined. The result emphasizes the need to clarify the concept of health if it is to be used as a goal in mental health nursing and to integrate a clarified definition of health at all hierarchical levels in mental health care services. (Less)
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  series       = {International Journal of Mental Health Nursing},
  title        = {Perceptions of the concept of health among nurses working in mental health services: A phenomenographic study.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00444.x},
  volume       = {16},
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