Michelle Morgan
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 5, Iss. 10, 18 Oct 2017, pp 506 - 511

It is widely accepted that the practice of listening visits by health
visitors is considered to be an effective intervention in the
management of mild-to-moderate depression. Although the
practice of listening visits is well documented, there is a lack
of evidence in terms of health visitors' experiences of practising
listening visits. This research study explores the experiences
of health visitors in facilitating listening visits using a
phenomenological approach. Each participant was interviewed
on an individual basis using a non-directed approach
following which a thematic analysis of the data ensued. All of
the eight participants were employed by the same community
NHS Trust and had a varying level of experience; however,
all acknowledged that they had, at some point, experienced
difficulties in facilitating listening visits.

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