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Patient experiences of psychiatric inpatient care: a systematic review of qualitative evidence

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Background: Care received on psychiatric inpatient units is frequently noted by patients to be poor and at times detrimental to their recovery, despite some recent improvements identified by the Care Quality Commission. This study aimed to conduct a systematic review to examine patients' experiences of psychiatric inpatient care.

Method: A thematic synthesis of qualitative evidence was implemented, examining patients' perspectives of psychiatric inpatient care. A total of 11 studies were included in the analysis.

Results: The analysis produced three superordinate themes: collaborative and inclusive care, positive relationships, and safe and therapeutic hospital environment. These themes identified distinct areas which are important when providing psychiatric inpatient care.

Conclusion: There is a continued need to improve the quality of psychiatric inpatient care especially in the areas outlined in this review.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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