Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.
Case Management: Perspectives of the UK and US Systems
Health care organisations around the world are seeing increased demand for services, escalating costs, limited resources and difficulty with access to care for health care consumers. Case management has been seen as one strategy that could positively impact health care by serving as a gatekeeper and ensuring quality, as well as cost-effective, care. Case management was not developed solely for mental illness and indeed some of its major successes have arisen as a consequence of combining it with the nursing process and primary nursing in the provision of care for a variety of general medical specialties in hospital settings. As will be seen in this chapter, this ...