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AFramework for identifying stigmatisation patterns in patients with mental health conditions in the acute healthcare setting
  1. Ghaida Al-Sulami1,2
  1. 1Acute & Critical Care, Umm Al-Qura University, Nursing College, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
  2. 2University of Glasgow, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ghaida Al-Sulami, Acute and critical care, Umm Al-Qura University, Nursing College, Makkah 21421, Saudi Arabia; Gssulami{at}

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Commentary on: Perry A, Lawrence V, Henderson C. Stigmatisation of those with mental health conditions in the acute general hospital setting. A qualitative framework synthesis. Soc Sci Med 2020; 255:112974. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112974.

Implications for practice and research

  • The framework for categorising stigmatisation patterns in patients with mental health conditions may be useful in practice to facilitate stigma reduction in acutecare settings.

  • There is a need for highquality review, including quantitative and qualitative observational and interventional studies, to further explore stigmatisation patterns and reduction interventions.


Stigmatisation is the action of devaluing individuals due to some factor identified as a mark of shame or ‘stigma’. Stigma has been associated with ethnic features and certain health conditions such as HIV and mental illness1; in particular, many patients with mental illness are stigmatised and treated unfairly, which can lead them to refrain from seeking help for …

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