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Psychiatric nurses' attitudes toward health education for chronic psychiatric patients

The study was conducted to assess psychiatric nurses' attitudes toward health education for chronic psychiatric patients with respect to planning and implementation of health education programs; and to compare the attitudes of nurses who work in two different types of psychiatric hospitals. A twenty-item modified Likert Scale was developed for data collection. The statements were developed utilizing the criterion measures of Knowledge, Time, Support, Resources, and Incentives. Two open-ended questions were asked of the respondents for more subjective information The study group consisted of sixty-three Registered Nurses from the Brentwood Division of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wadsworth (a government psychiatric hospital), and thirteen Registered Nurses from Brotman Medical.Center (a private acute-care facility with a unit). The data were analyzed by frequency distributions and chi-square tests for differences. (See more in text.)

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