“Work with me”: service users’ perspectives on shared decision making in mental health

Heather Castillo, Shulamit Ramon

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Abstract

Purpose:
While shared decision making (SDM) in general health has proven effectiveness, it has received far less attention within mental health practice with a disconnection between policy and ideals. The purpose of this paper to review existing developments, contemporary challenges, and evidence regarding SDM in mental health with a particular focus on the perspectives of service users.
Design/methodology/approach:
This is a review of international papers analysed using narrative synthesis of relevant databases.
Findings:
The review shows significant barriers to the utilisation of SDM including ethical and legal frameworks, accountability and risk. The medical model of psychiatry and diagnostic stigma also contributes to a lack of professional acknowledgement of service user expertise. Service users experience an imbalance of power and feel they lack choices, being “done to” rather than “worked with”.
Practical implications:
The paper also presents perspectives about how barriers can be overcome, and service users enabled to take back power and acknowledge their own expertise.
Originality/value:
This review is the first with a particular focus on the perspectives of service users and SDM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-178
Number of pages13
JournalMental Health Review Journal
Volume22
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2017

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