Publications by authors named "M Loughhead"

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Carer perspectives of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder: A scoping review of emergency care responses.

Australas Emerg Care 2019 Mar 21;22(1):34-41. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia. Electronic address:

Background: Caring for a person with borderline personality disorder remains largely stigmatised and misunderstood. When a crisis arises, carers often seek help with the person they care for in emergency care settings such as the emergency department. The aim of this review was to explore, locate and compile the literature regarding the perspectives of family carers for a person with borderline personality disorder in an emergency care setting with a focus on nursing practices. This review advances understandings of carer perspectives in emergency care settings.

Methods: The Joanna Briggs Institute (2015) [1], methodology for scoping reviews guided this review. A search of Emcare, Medline and Ovid Nursing was performed during April 2018, to identify literature where carer views and perspectives on engaging with emergency care services were reported. A grey literature search was also conducted. A total of ten articles and reports were included in this review. Consultation with a carer support group precipitated this review, which assisted in the formulation of the research questions.

Results: Papers found via the study focused on health professional responses, rather than on nursing practice. Findings indicate that carers often perceive emergency departments as the only option for emergency care in a crisis. Carers require information about how to effectively manage a crisis with their loved one more effectively.

Conclusion: This scoping review identified that carers are often not consulted or engaged with by health professionals. Carers often perceive that nurses and health professionals have a lack understanding about the consumer's conceptualisation of distress and the nature of BPD, which becomes a barrier to effective crisis support and management. The literature often reported that a trusting and collaborative relationship between carers, nurses and health professionals demonstrated improved outcomes for the carer and consumer.
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