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Mastering the Art of Collaboration: Supporting Family Caregivers of Mental Health Patients by Service Providers in Iran

Akbari, M, Alavi, M, Maghsoudi, J, Irajpour, A, Lopez, V and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Mastering the Art of Collaboration: Supporting Family Caregivers of Mental Health Patients by Service Providers in Iran' , Administration and Policy in Mental Health , doi: 10.1007/s10488-018-0893-7.

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Abstract

Responsive support systems, designed and promoted by policy makers, are critical in supporting family caregivers. Thepurpose of this study was to explore viewpoints of service providers in supporting family caregivers of mental health patientsin Iran. In this qualitative study, a purposive sample of 29 service providers and policy makers consented to participate insemi-structured interviews. Data were analyzed through qualitative content analysis and three main categories and sevensub-categories were identified. The main categories were: interpersonal collaboration, intra-organization collaboration andinter-sectorial collaboration. A common theme in this study was that service providers play a key role in coordinating responsivesupport services for Iranian family caregivers of mental health patients across all levels. The increasing complexityof the health care system and resource limitations have created complex problems, which require the use of participatoryapproaches by the various specialties, disciplines and departments to provide complementary services and mutual support.This approach is the best way of ensuring that service users receive the most relevant services from the right service providersin the right place as and when needed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Akbari, M and Alavi, M and Maghsoudi, J and Irajpour, A and Lopez, V and Cleary, M
Keywords: Responsive support system · Family caregivers · Mental health disorders · Qualitative · Iran
Journal or Publication Title: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Publisher: Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press
ISSN: 0894-587X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10488-018-0893-7
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