Therapeutic relationships in acute inpatient mental health settings

Brown, Malgorzata (2013) Therapeutic relationships in acute inpatient mental health settings. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

This work considers the nature of therapeutic relationships between nursing staff and patients on acute mental health inpatient wards.
Section A is a literature review, exploring the psychological theories behind the care delivered by nurses through the medium of therapeutic relationships in inpatient settings and providing a meta-synthesis of studies investigating the nature of therapeutic relationships between nursing staff and patients from the perspectives of nurses.
Section B presents a phenomenological study in which nursing staff completed in-depth interviews providing descriptions of their therapeutic relationships with patients. The results suggest a great variance in the nursing staff ability to get to know and understand patients and their needs from a psychological perspective. The knowledge gained about patients through the medium of relationships did not seem to be shared by the staff team and did not seem to be integrated into a coherent treatment plan.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2013 10:24
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 18:04
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12508

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