The development of potential models of advance directives in mental health care

Stuart, S.A.J. (2003) The development of potential models of advance directives in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health, 12(6), pp. 575-584. (doi: 10.1080/09638230310001627937)

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Background: The review of mental health law in the UK has involved consideration of mechanisms for advance directives in mental health care. Aims: To develop potential models of advance directives based on the views of stakeholders in mental health services in Scotland. Methods: Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with service users, professionals and carers who had an interest in advance directives. Leaflets and policy documents from campaign groups and voluntary organisations were collected and along with data generated in interview and group discussion were analysed for themes. Results: Six potential models were developed that highlighted the overarching themes of co-operation versus autonomy and the legal status of any directive. Conclusions: There is a wide variety of opinion about what advance directives could or should bring to mental health care, they are not all achievable through the use of any one model.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Stuart, S.A.J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Mental Health
ISSN (Online):1360-0567

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