Reconceptualizing the Environment of the Individual with a Chronic Mental Illness
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The individual with a chronic illness frequently experiences a variety of environmental settings throughout the illness and treatment process. Although it is congruent with current nursing theory development to view environment in a broad context, nurses may fail to appreciate the continuity of environments experienced by their clients. This article argues for a reconceptualization of the environment that explicitly considers the continuity of environments experienced by the client with a chronic mental illness. This will assist nurses in determining the supportive and nonsupportive aspects of their clients' environments.
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