Misplaced epistemological certainty and pharmaco-centrism in mental health nursing

Lakeman, R., and Cutcliffe, J.R. (2009) Misplaced epistemological certainty and pharmaco-centrism in mental health nursing. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16 (2). pp. 199-205.

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Abstract

We read with interest a number of recently published papers in this journal, such as Jones & Gray (2008a,b) and wish to respond to these. In so doing, rather than take issue with individual specific points, we wish to draw attention to a trend that can be detected in these (and other similar) papers. The concerns we wish to raise should not be regarded as yet another debate paper on, for want of a better expression, the ‘biological versus interpersonal’ emphasis in psychiatric/mental health nursing as this literature is well developed.1 Instead, it is our intention to look at and subsequently consider the way arguments are presented in these (and similar papers); we wish to draw attention to the way that these pharmaco-centric arguments are constructed.

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ISSN: 1365-2850
Date Deposited: 31 May 2010 03:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
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