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Disengaging from Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care: A Description of Service Users' Experiences and Views

Nolan, P., Bradley, Eleanor ORCID: and Brimblecombe, N. (2011) Disengaging from Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care: A Description of Service Users' Experiences and Views. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 18 (4). pp. 359-367. ISSN 1351-0126

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The growing number of people worldwide with mental health problems is increasing and making intensive demands on existing services. Recent reorganizations of healthcare provision in the UK have focused predominantly on administrative efficiency, standardization and cost-effectiveness. Although little evidence exists that reorganizations, per se, directly result in improved health nationally, nevertheless, organizational change coupled with improved care provision can have a considerable impact on the mental health of people. It is known that service users want person-centred help with improving their confidence, autonomy and cognitive and social skills so as to be able to manage their lives within the social context in which they live. In this study, semi-structured interviews were used to explore service users' expectations and experiences of acute inpatient care and the early post-discharge period. While the social environment of the wards was seen by many as conducive to promoting safety and interpersonal relationships, others found the experience lacking in assisting them to resume their lives post discharge. If acute care is to become more than a mechanism for addressing and containing risk, better targeted interventions are required to help individuals find strategies that are transferable to the context of their 'real' lives. A number of factors that were identified by respondents in this study are identified and discussed.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: discharge preparation, experiences of acute mental health care, perceptions of acute care admission, semi-structured interviews, service users' experiences following discharge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Eleanor Bradley
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 14:03
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 04:00

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