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The core characteristics and nursing care activities in psychiatric intensive care units in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 98-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Internationally, research on psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) commonly reports results from demographic studies such as criteria for admission, need for involuntary treatment, and the occurrence of violent behaviour. A few international studies describe the caring aspect of the PICUs based specifically on caregivers' experiences. The concept of PICU in Sweden is not clearly defined. The aim of this study is to describe the core characteristics of a PICU in Sweden and to describe the care activities provided for patients admitted to the PICUs. Critical incident technique was used as the research method. Eighteen caregivers at a PICU participated in the study by completing a semistructured questionnaire. In-depth interviews with three nurses and two assistant nurses also constitute the data. An analysis of the content identified four categories that characterize the core of PICU: the dramatic admission, protests and refusal of treatment, escalating behaviours, and temporarily coercive measure. Care activities for PICUs were also analysed and identified as controlling - establishing boundaries, protecting - warding off, supporting - giving intensive assistance, and structuring the environment. Finally, the discussion put focus on determining the intensive aspect of psychiatric care which has not been done in a Swedish perspective before. PICUs were interpreted as a level of care as it is composed by limited structures and closeness in care. © 2008 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 17, no 2, p. 98-107
Keyword [en]
Coercion, Critical incident technique, Intensive care unit, Psychiatric nursing
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Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Nursing Science w. Occupational Therapy Focus
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-14395DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00517.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-14395DiVA: diva2:393599
Available from: 2011-01-31 Created: 2011-01-31 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Caring in intensive psychiatry: rhythm and movements in a culture of stability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Caring in intensive psychiatry: rhythm and movements in a culture of stability
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis is to describe and explore the concept of caring in intensive psychiatry. An initial inventory was made of nursing care activities in a PICU, based on an analysis of critical incidents. This inventory resulted in four categories: supporting, protecting and use of the structured environment (Study I). Caring in intensive psychiatry was also studied through ethnographic fieldwork that that led to the conceptualization of the PICU staff as projecting a culture of stability. Within this culture, the overall goal was to prevent, maintain and restore stability as turbulence occurred. Cultural knowing, as expressed through nursing care, was further described in terms of providing surveillance, soothing, being present, trading information, maintaining security, and what has been termed reducing (Study II). A focused approach was applied to study the staff’s different approaches to observing patients in relation to the practice of surveillance in psychiatric nursing care. PICU staff moved flexibly between a latent and a manifest approach to surveillance (Study III). Having conceptualized the culture as one of stability, a concept analysis was conducted upon the concept of stability. The analysis revealed that stability is by no means a static condition; it fluctuates and can be distorted. Intervening with nursing care when turbulence occurs, can involve both the use of active and passive stability systems (Study IV). Further, I argue that caring in intensive psychiatry can be accurately described as the projection of rhythm and movements. Nursing care in terms of movements creates fluctuations in stability as it entails a rhythm of caring in intensive psychiatry. In conclusion, physical boundaries and incorporated control along with tactful sensibility involve rhythm and movements within limited structures and closeness in care. This thesis contributes to articulating advanced nursing practice within intensive psychiatry 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 81
Series
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 47
Keyword
Acute psychiatric care, concept analysis, critical incident technique, ethnography, intensive psychiatry, nursing staff, psychiatric care, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric nursing
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Caring Sciences w. Medical Focus
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30069 (URN)978-91-7668-956-1 (ISBN)
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2013-10-03, 09:15
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Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-30 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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