Measuring the therapeutic optimism of mental health nurses
The need for health professionals to have an optimistic clinical stance when working with people who have mental illness has been recognised in the clinical practice guidelines developed by the UK-based National Institute of Clinical Excellence and by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Therapeutic optimism is defined as the clinician's expectation of a positive outcome for the consumer. To date, little work has been conducted to determine whether mental health professionals do have an optimistic approach to their patients. Delegates to two large mental health nursing conferences in 2007 were invited to participate in a study designed to measure therapeutic optimism. A total of 256 mental health nurses completed a previously developed survey instrument, the Elsom Therapeutic Optimism Scale (ETOS).
- Associate Professor Stephen Elsom
- Kay McCauley-Elsom