Decision making in mental health team meetings

Narayanasamy, Melanie Jay (2016) Decision making in mental health team meetings. Mental Health Practice, 19 (6). pp. 32-38. ISSN 1465-8720

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Background: Single point of access meetings represent a critical juncture in the lives of mental health clients. The decision-making process undertaken by mental health professionals during this time is therefore crucial.

Method: Glaserian grounded theory, with observations and interviews through theoretical sampling, was used to investigate the decision making of attendees.

Findings: A basic social process named handling role boundaries emerged, consisting of four phases: recognising, positioning, weighing up and balancing.

Conclusion: Handling role boundaries is an innovative, sociological theory that allows conceptual understanding to show how personality traits contribute to the discussions and decisions, as well as professional roles. These need to be managed effectively to make decisions in a limited time frame. Handling role boundaries explains how this is done in a local mental health trust.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mental health; Multidisciplinary team meetings; Role boundaries; Grounded theory; Glaserian grounded theory; Sociology
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Narayanasamy, Melanie
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 15:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:42

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