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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 0


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Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2019

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Dr Sandhya Gupta
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.260552

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Gupta S. Editorial. Indian J Psy Nsg 2016;12:0

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Gupta S. Editorial. Indian J Psy Nsg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Apr 2];12:0. Available from: https://www.ijpn.in/text.asp?2016/12/1/0/260552

Greetings to all Dear Readers,

Rehabilitation of persons with mental disorders is a challenging yet essential task. There are several community care models available for welfare of mentally sick patients. It is evident that the program to relocate patients to community is complex but it has to be initiated. A successful rehabilitation aims to address both patient and professional competence for life and work in community settings. These methods provide the basis for preparing patients for community living, while preparing staff for major changes in their clinical practice. The patients, who receive intensive rehabilitation, show significantly lower impairment and disability and benefits even chronically symptomatic patients. The key workers include nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and volunteers at NGOs in the process of discharging patients toward relocating them to community settings.

Training programs need to be established for all staff caring for mentally disordered patients residents. The training programs have to be adapted to the needs of long-term as well as short term disabled patients and include workshops on comprehensive standardized biomedical and psychosocial assessments, clarifying patients’ personal goals, educating patients about their mental disorders and treatments, optimal pharmacotherapy, early warning signs of exacerbations, assertive community treatment and crisis management, enhancing interpersonal communication and social skills, enhancing personal self-care, structured problem solving and other cognitive behavioural strategies to aid coping with targeted residual psychotic, negative, anxiety and mood symptoms, as well as problems of substance abuse, anger and frustration.

The training enables the mental health workers to ensure the patients together with staff should be able to practice their skills and work on their goals along with daily staff coaching on actual life situations. The efforts have to be made to continue this treatment once patient leaves hospital to family and community. It is clear that recovery from the symptoms and associated disability of mental illness is a slow process that demands continuous optimal treatment for many years.

Residential alternatives to hospital stay may prove less expensive and reduce the alienation of the mentally sick from community resources and opportunities unless they are associated with an improvement in the quality of treatment that is provided, may remove stigma for such disabled people.

Psychiatric nurses have major role to be a catalyst in transitions of this kind, offer an opportunity to review treatment and to ensure that evidence-based methods are applied for residual clinical and social morbidity, as well as to prevent exacerbations during the life change process and beyond.

Dear readers, continuous efforts are done by authors, reviewers and the editorial team to bring out this 12th issue of ISPN journal, which is presented to you, to enhance scientific and advance, knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

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