The working alliance between patients with bipolar disorder and the nurse: helpful and obstructive elements during a depressive episode from the patients' perspective

E.E. Stegink, T.Y.G. van der Voort, T. van der Hooft, R.W. Kupka, P.J. Goossens, A.T. Beekman, B. van Meijel

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Despite treatment, many patients with bipolar disorder experience impaired functioning and a decreased quality of life. Optimal collaboration between patient and mental health care providers could enhance treatment outcomes. The goal of this qualitative study, performed in a trial investigating the effect of collaborative care, was to gain more insight in patients' experiences regarding the helpful and obstructive elements of the working alliance between the patient recovering from a depressive episode and their nurse. Three core themes underpinned the nurses' support during recovery: a safe and supportive environment, assistance in clarifying thoughts and feelings, and support in undertaking physical activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-296
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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