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Patients' perceptions of their stay in a psychiatric seclusion area

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 July 2010

Valentina C. Iversen
Affiliation:
Division of Psychiatry, Department Østmarka, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Torill Sallaup
Affiliation:
Division of Psychiatry, Tiller, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway
Arne E. Vaaler
Affiliation:
Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway Division of Psychiatry, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
Anne-Sofie Helvik
Affiliation:
Innland Hospital Trust, Division Tynset, Norway Department of Public Health and General Practice, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Gunnar Morken
Affiliation:
Division of Psychiatry, Department Østmarka, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Olav Linaker
Affiliation:
Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway Division of Psychiatry, Department of Research and Development, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway
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Abstract

Background: The psychological, social, and physical aspects of the ward milieu affect treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction. The primary aim of the present study was to describe and explore patients’ perceptions of their stay at a Norwegian seclusion area. The patients’ experience of having received help and support from the staff, sense of respectful treatment, information received regarding effects and side effects from medication, and feelings of security in the seclusion areas were of interest.

Method: In a given period, all patients acutely admitted to a seclusion area were evaluated on a number of rating scales. Immediately after discharge they were invited to evaluate their treatment satisfaction on an eight-item VAS-scale.

Results: The main finding is that the patients generally experienced the stay as positive. The three single items of support from the staff, a sense of respectful treatment, and feelings of security were assessed as positive, while the patients’ experience of having received help and information regarding medication was evaluated as neither positive nor negative.

Conclusion: In general, patients experienced their stay as positive. The patients that were admitted voluntarily reported significantly better experiences with regard to the help received, support from the staff, and respectful treatment.

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