Mental Health Professionals’ Perception of Respect for Human Rights and Organizational Well-Being in Three Countries of South America

Cesar Ivan Aviles Gonzalez, Doris Marina Cerchiaro Fernandez, Martha Esther Guerra Munoz, Robert Romero Ramirez, Yessika Madelaine Abarca Arias, Maria Veronica Brasesco, Gian Mario Migliaccio, Ferdinando Romano, Giulia Cossu, Diego Primavera, Mauro Giovanni Carta

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The respect for human rights in mental health care services significantly contributes to organizational well-being and is evolving into an actual benchmark of quality standards. This study assesses the perception of the respect for human rights for users and staff, as well as organizational and job satisfaction among mental health professionals in three South American countries, through the well-being at work and respect for human rights (WWRR) questionnaire and assesses whether there are significant differences. Seven mental health facilities in Argentina, Colombia, and Peru were involved in this observational study. The sample comprised 310 mental health professionals. The three countries exhibited differences in WWRR, particularly in the staff’s satisfaction with resources for care (η2 = 0.166) and staff’s satisfaction with organizational aspects (η2 = 0.113). Colombia had the lowest scores in these factors but the highest in the perception of the respect for human rights for users and staff, although this difference did not reach a statistical significance. Despite the progress made in recent years towards coercion-free medical standards and an increased focus on mental health polices in Latin American countries, there is a need to enhance the quality standards of mental health services, recognizing the value that the respect for human rights holds for the organizational well-being of both mental health users and professionals.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo214
PublicaciónInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volumen21
N.º2
DOI
EstadoPublicada - feb. 2024

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