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Mental health quality improvement: what about ethics?

Authors
  • Horsfall, Jan
  • Cleary, Michelle
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of mental health nursing
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2002
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
40–46
Identifiers
PMID: 12400106
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Nurses are increasingly developing and coordinating quality improvement projects under the auspices of state, area health service and organization policies, however, ethical frameworks are commonly absent. This study aims to define key terms, provide an overview of current policy in relation to ethics and outline some procedures and processes for mental health nurses involved in such projects. The use of appropriate ethical frameworks has the potential to foster participation and safeguard participants by providing a greater assurance of integrity and confidentiality regarding quality improvement data collection, utilization and dissemination.

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