Experiences of Patients in Acute and Closed Psychiatric Wards: A Systematic Review

Willem Nugteren, Yvonne van der Zalm, Thóra B Hafsteinsdóttir, Cokky van der Venne, Nienke Kool, Berno van Meijel

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PURPOSE: To obtain insight into the patients' experiences during treatment in an acute, closed psychiatric ward.

DESIGN AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in the databases Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and Cochrane.

FINDINGS: Ten articles were selected. Four main themes emerged from the literature: (a) the inappropriate use of the ward rules, (b) nurses' lack of time for interacting with patients, (c) the feeling of humiliation, and (d) the involvement of significant others.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nurses can use the findings of this systematic review to improve quality of care in acute psychiatric units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-300
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in psychiatric care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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  • Review

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