Predictors of community mental health nursing services use in Switzerland: Results from a representative national survey

Burr, Christian Markus; Richter, Dirk (2021). Predictors of community mental health nursing services use in Switzerland: Results from a representative national survey International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 30(6), pp. 1640-1648. Wiley

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Community mental health services are the service of choice in the mental health field. In recent years, demand for these services has increased significantly. Nurses play a central role in community mental health services. Nevertheless, predictive factors of the use of such services are unclear, especially in Switzerland. This study aimed to examine relevant predictors of persons with mental health problems’ use of community mental health nursing services in Switzerland. Swiss Health Survey 2017 data were used to compare those who use community mental health nursing services with those who do not. We found that age, number of doctor visits, problems with instrumental activities of daily life, use of informal help, use of emergency services, taking psychotropic medication, being female, and living without a partner were positive predictors, while experiencing severe physical symptoms was a negative predictor. Several of our findings confirm the similarity between the utilization of community mental health nursing services and the use of community mental health services in general. Our results suggest that community mental health nursing services deserve the same prominent place in the mental health system and its corresponding policies. This should be taken as an argument for policy development and better reimbursement. In research, health surveys should focus on nursing and need-related questions. Additionally, it is necessary to develop community mental health nursing services from an add-on service into independent nursing services and evaluate these services.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Nursing

Name:

Burr, Christian Markus and
Richter, Dirk0000-0002-6215-6110

ISSN:

1445-8330

Publisher:

Wiley

Projects:

[UNSPECIFIED] kleine Mandate

Language:

English

Submitter:

Luca Federico

Date Deposited:

19 Jan 2022 13:16

Last Modified:

19 Jan 2022 13:16

Additional Information:

Date: 2021

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.16261

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/16261

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