Inclusion criteria will require that participants have clinical contact with patients, irrespective of discipline and level of training.
Non-clinical staff within clinical teams (e.g. administrators) will be excluded.
Aim – A limited literature suggests that clinicians can find it difficult to talk to patients about their voice-hearing experiences. These difficulties may reduce the likelihood of patients gaining access to evidence-based treatments. This study aims to explore clinicians’ views, attitudes and experiences with regards to working with patients who hear distressing voices. Methods/ Design – an online survey will be distributed to clinicians within participating NHS Trusts. The survey will generate both qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the factors that may affect clinicians’ attitude toward working with patients who hear distressing voices. Expected outcomes – this study will increase our theoretical understanding of factors which may influence the ways that clinicians talk with patients about their voice-hearing experiences. This enhanced understanding of the drivers of current behaviour will enable any barriers to be addressed through targeted training.
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