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Implementation of Diagnosis-Related Mental Health Programs: Impact on Health Care Providers

Lavoie-Tremblay, Melanie PhD, RN; Bonin, Jean-Pierre PhD, RN; Lesage, Alain MD, FRCP(c), MPhil, DFAPA; Farand, Lambert MD, PhD; Lavigne, Geneviève L. PhD(c); Trudel, Julie PhD

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3182078a95

Mental health services are in the midst of change in different countries. In Quebec (Canada), the government has adopted a Mental Health Action Plan (2005-2010). In this context, 2 psychiatric institutions have developed and implemented a mental health services organization model based on diagnosis-related mental health programs and support for frontline services. This article presents the impact on health care providers of implementation of diagnosis-related mental health programs in the context of transformation of mental health services.

Author Affiliations: School of Nursing, McGill University (Drs Lavoie-Tremblay and Trudel); Fernand-Séguin Research Centre, Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine (Drs Lavoie-Tremblay, Bonin, and Lesage); Faculty of Nursing (Dr Bonin) and Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal (Dr Lesage); University of Quebec at Montreal (Ms Lavigne); Department of Health Administration and Public Health Research Institute, School of Public Health, University of Montréal (Dr Farand), Quebec, Canada.

Canadian Institute of Health Research and Fonds de la Recherche en sant au Quebec provided financial support for this study.

Correspondence: Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, McGill University, 3506 University St, Montréal, QC, Canada H3A 2A7 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.