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Not just ticking all the boxes. Problem based learning and mental health nursing. A review.

Gould, Brian Henry; Brodie, Liz; Carver, Fiona; Logan, Pamela


Brian Henry Gould

Liz Brodie

Fiona Carver



The practice and policy of mental health nursing are changing. Integration of health and social care, an increased emphasis on wellness and recovery and greater expectation of involvement from both service users and carers require competence in both group and interpersonal working. The active and dynamic processes of problem based learning provide the ideal environment to achieve proficiency in these skills.


The aim of this review was to understand those programme elements that best support the delivery of a problem based learning module.

Data Sources

This study utilised a standard module evaluation.

Review Methods

A systematic analysis of completed module evaluations allowed key themes to be established.


Problem based learning helps develop the skills and attributes that mental health nursing need in an increasing collaborative and wellness focused practice environment. Successful integration of PBL is more likely to occur when student centred approaches are already incorporated within a programme. Creating the right conditions for learning are key to successful facilitation of PBL groups.


Successful implementation of PBL requires identification of relevance to practice by students, a programme approach that is compatible with the aims and philosophy of PBL and a form of facilitation that encourages development of student autonomy.


Gould, B. H., Brodie, L., Carver, F., & Logan, P. (2015). Not just ticking all the boxes. Problem based learning and mental health nursing. A review. Nurse Education Today, 35, e1-e5.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2015
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Pages e1-e5
Keywords Problem based learning; Mental health nursing; Motivation;
Skill development; Facilitation;
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