Vitale, A and Mannix-McNamara, P (2013) 'Promoting mental health through multidisciplinary care: service users' experience in Ireland.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 15 (3). pp. 134-147. ISSN 2049-8543

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Irish mental health policy identifies that mental health services should be provided in local communities by community mental health teams where several health professionals play a key role. In Ireland, recent reports indicate that the number of fully staffed multidisciplinary teams is low with potential negative consequences for the breadth and quality of care provided to service users. Limited research has been conducted from the perspective of service users. This research sought to examine service users' experiences of receiving multidisciplinary care in the community. Ten community mental health services nationally were surveyed comprising a sample of 97 service users. The results indicated that participants did not have access to the multidisciplinarity advocated in European policy and there was overreliance on the medical model of treatment. Furthermore, the results indicated that participants had little involvement in making decisions about their treatment care.

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