Psychiatric patient satisfaction scores: Improving scores by reducing mental health stigmas of healthcare professionals -.


Statement of the Problem: Negative attitudes and beliefs of healthcare professionals towards mental illness can negatively impact patient care delivery and patient outcomes. Current literature suggests that many health care professionals have stigmas towards mental health. The broad population affected by mental health disparities includes anyone who suffers from a mental illness, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: A current gap in published literature exists in reducing disparities towards those with mental illness. The theoretical foundation of Peplau, Watson, and Barker, provided the foundational base that those with mental illness need to provide a patient-centered approach that is free of stigmas and bias.