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Evaluation of a community-based mental health drug and alcohol nurse in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS

Allen, J., Hamilton, A., Nunn, R., Crock, L., Frecker, J. and Burk, N. 2009, Evaluation of a community-based mental health drug and alcohol nurse in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 129-136, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01340.x.

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Title Evaluation of a community-based mental health drug and alcohol nurse in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS
Author(s) Allen, J.
Hamilton, A.
Nunn, R.
Crock, L.
Frecker, J.
Burk, N.
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 129
End page 136
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1351-0126
1365-2850
Keyword(s) community care
dual diagnosis
HIV/AIDS
mental health
substance abuse
Summary There is a growing need for advanced practice mental health and drug and alcohol nursing roles in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS; however, limited publications address these domains. This study evaluated a community-based mental health drug and alcohol nurse role caring for people living with HIV/AIDS (Mental Health D&A Nurse) in a large not-for-profit district nursing organization providing care to people living with HIV/AIDS in an Australian city. Outcomes from a client assessment and 6–8-week follow-up by the Mental Health D&A Nurse are presented as captured by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS 21), Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HONOS) and WHOQoL BREF. Mean scores and caseness were analysed, and significant differences were found on the 'impairment' and 'social problems' subscales of the HONOS. Results of semi-structured interviews with clients describe effective and supportive mental health care and health-promoting education following visits by the Mental Health D&A Nurse. These positive findings support continuing implementation of the role within this community setting and indicate that even greater benefits will ensue as the role develops further. Findings are of interest to clinicians and policy makers seeking to implement similar roles in community-based HIV/AIDS care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01340.x
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Royal District Nursing Service
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018520

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