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Title: The empowerment of practitioners in mental health care: a collaborative inquiry
Author: Nichols, Ralph
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 1996
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The thesis explores how practitioners in Mental Health nursing can be empowered and how this empowerment impacts on the care provided for clients The study begins by exploring the origins of the research, where the initial idea came from and how it builds on and develops previous work. (Nichols 1991, 1993) Questions raised in the introductory chapter about the worth and value of practitioners and their self motivation led to an exploration of the traditional scientific research approach. The detrimental effects of excluding subjects/participants from the research process was discussed. This included an exploration of how the outcomes of a research study can be better applied and have greater influence once they become part of the articulated experiences of practitioners. The main part of the thesis describes the work of a collaborate inquiry group made up of 12 practitioners working in Mental Health Nursing. The group worked together for 12 months identifying their own ideas for developing practice in order to provide a platform to enable empowering concepts to emerge. Data collection and analysis centred on the use of the dialectic as a question and answer approach to generate new knowledge. Tape recordings of group meetings and . one-to-one interviews enabled data to be recorded and analysed. Recorded conversation was systematically analysed using a framework devised by Stenhouse (1980). This framework enabled original recordings(as archives) to be condensed into meaningful statements about the impact of empowered practitioners. Chapters are organised in order to assist the presentation of data. The thesis shows the impact the dynamic of a collaborative inquiry has on practitioners and their experiences of empowerment, how practitioners used their empowerment to improve client care and the kinds of limitations that impinge on empowered practise. The authenticity of the thesis rests on the way that practitioners validated their own experiences and the concepts that emerged about empowered practise. This validation process was enhanced by seeking the views of practitioners, not involved with the research, about the process and outcomes of the collaborative inquiry. The thesis is drawn together by considering how the outcomes of this research could be further utilised and how by transforming prepositional statements into questions the dynamic of the dialectic assists with the further development of knowledge.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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