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Auditory Hallucinations Interview Guide: Promoting Recovery with an Interactive Assessment Tool Abstract The Auditory Hallucinations Interview Guide (AHIG) is a 32-item tool to help psychiatric-mental health nurses assess the past and current experience of each voice hearer so they can provide more individualized care. This tool was developed as a research tool but has been found clinically useful in both inpatient and outpatient settings to help voice hearers and nurses develop a shared terminology of auditory hallucinations. Using the AHIG, voice hearers are able to tell their story in a structured and safe environment that encourages recovery. Through respect and active listening the psychiatric-mental health nurse communicates unconditional acceptance, caring and hope for recovery that helps develop rapport and promotes trust in the nurse-patient relationship. Once trust is developed, then the voice hearer and psychiatric-mental health nurse can work together to find effective strategies for managing auditory hallucinations including commands to harm self and others.


Post-print. Article published in Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services 53.1 (2015)

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