Uncertainty in illness among people living with mental ill Health:a mental health nursing perspective

Wolfensberger, Peter; Hahn, Sabine; Van Teijlingen, Edwin; Thomas, Sarah (2019). Uncertainty in illness among people living with mental ill Health:a mental health nursing perspective British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 8(4) 10.12968/bjmhn.2018.0030

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Background/Aims: Uncertainty in illness is a well-known concept in health care literature. A considerable volume of research has investigated how people adapt to different health conditions and how the concept of uncertainty in illness relates to those populations. The aim of this article is to explore the concept of uncertainty in illness among mental health nurses and to provide an understanding of its relevance to people living with mental ill health. Method: A focus group was conducted with mental health nurses at an international psychiatric nursing conference. The focus group discussion was recorded and then transcribed and thematically analysed. Results: Uncertainty in illness among people living with mental ill health exists and manifests itself in various ways: uncertainty in the context of loss, uncertainty as a stimulus for change, and uncertainty as an integral part of the human experience and existence. Conclusions: Even though contemporary approaches in mental health nursing do not directly address uncertainty, the concept and its implications need to be considered and raised further among mental health professionals in order to improve support for people living with mental ill health in their process of personal recovery.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions

Name:

Wolfensberger, Peter;
Hahn, Sabine0000-0002-2697-2014;
Van Teijlingen, Edwin and
Thomas, Sarah

ISSN:

2049-5919

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Golz

Date Deposited:

18 Feb 2020 09:09

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:29

Publisher DOI:

10.12968/bjmhn.2018.0030

Additional Information:

Date: 2018

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10212

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