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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY RESEARCH (IJNMR)   NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 , Volume 18 , Number 6; Page(s) 488 To 493.
 
Paper: 

THE CLIENTS’ READINESS TO USE MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES: EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS FROM IRANIAN CONTEXT

 
 
Author(s):  ALAVI MOUSA, IRAJPOUR ALIREZA*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF CRITICAL CARE, NURSING AND MIDWIFERY CARE RESEARCH CENTER, SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Underutilization of mental health care services has been a challenge for the health care providers for many years. This challenge could be met in part by improving the clients’ readiness to use such services. This study aimed to introduce the important aspects of the clients’ readiness to use mental health services in the Iranian context.
Materials and Methods: A thematic analysis of in-depth interviews was undertaken using a constant comparative approach. Participants (11 health professionals consisting of 3 physicians, 7 nurses, 1 psychologist, and 5 patients/their family members) were recruited from educational hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. The credibility and trustworthiness was grounded on four aspects: factual value, applicability, consistency, and neutrality.
Results: The study findings uncovered two important aspects of the clients’ readiness for utilizing mental health care services. These are described through two themes and related sub-themes: “The clients’ awareness” implies the cognitive aspect of readiness and “the clients’ attitudes” implies the psychological aspect of readiness, both of which have perceived to cultivate a fertile context through which the clients could access and use the mental health services more easily.
Conclusions: For the health care system in Isfahan, Iran to be successful in delivering mental health services, training programs directed to prepare service users should be considered. Improving the clients’ favorable attitudes and awareness should be considered.

 
Keyword(s): IRAN, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, PATIENTS’ UTILIZATION
 
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