Understanding care plans in a psychiatric mother-baby unit

Grace Branjerdporn*, Lyndall Healey, Carly Hudson

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Care plans outline collaborative goals and strategies for recovery. While care planning is recommended across international mental health guidelines, scant attention has examined the unique nature of care planning within psychiatric mother-baby units. This retrospective audit aims to explore the content of care planning goals, compare against the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), and devise a care plan framework to support development of admission goals.

A total of 63 care plans across admission, mid-admission and discharge were analysed. Using deductive content analysis, care plan goals were compared to the WHO ICF codes. Inductive content analysis was used to generate a framework for care plans.

When compared to the WHO ICF codes, care plans were most commonly coded against d570 (looking after one’s health) and d7600 (parent-child relationships). Care plans covered six main themes: mental health recovery, physical health, connecting with baby, caring for baby, relationships, and community supports.

This study is the first to examine the nature of recovery goals in care plans within a mother-baby unit. The results inform a framework to support care planning and thereby facilitate holistic well-being and recovery for a mother with mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


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