Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 457–458 | Cite as

How Do Clients Obtain Mental Health Information? Commentary on “Consumer Perspectives on Information and Other Inputs to Decision-Making: Implications for Evidence-Based Practice”

  • Rob Whitley
  • Robert E. Drake
Original Paper

Tannebaum’s paper (2008) reports a small-scale study of health information-seeking among clients of community mental health services. In the tradition of well-conducted qualitative research, this paper is descriptive in orientation and modest in scope. Data are collected from only two locations, which certainly restricts external validity. The study raises as many questions as it answers. That said, it offers some fresh new perspectives for thinking about the domains of client information-seeking and subsequent decision-making. This is an area of increasing interest given wider shifts in medicine away from paternalism towards innovative models of shared decision-making (Adams and Drake 2006).

Participants in this study access various sources of knowledge and expertise in their quest to make informed decisions about their health. Various media are employed in this endeavor. In terms of technological resources, some participants used the internet to elicit more information about their...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDartmouth Medical SchoolLebanonUSA
  2. 2.Dartmouth Medical SchoolLebanonUSA

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