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A qualitative study to explore the experience of psychiatric staff who care for frequent users of inpatient services

Berger, Sarah Jayne (2015)
M.Res. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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A systematic search to identify service level interventions carried out on people admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital to assess the outcome measure of readmission. Thirteen relevant studies were identified, reporting six broad service level interventions. Preliminary findings suggest that inpatient interventions are effective in reducing readmission of ‘revolving door patients’ hospitalisation.

A presentation reporting the process of recruitment for a piece of research aiming to assist in enhancing support and develop interventions of young people with early psychosis. This was achieved using Joiners (2005) Interpersonal Psychological Theory of suicide behaviours to enable a greater understanding of why these people were more likely to attempt suicide compared to others.

A study aiming to explore the experiences of psychiatric staff working with people diagnosed with personality disorder. Six qualified staff from a female inpatient psychiatric ward were interviewed for a qualitative study, with transcribed data being analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, 1996). Three superordinate themes emerged; struggling to treat in the absence of “illness,” understanding the person behind the behaviour and the influence of control. Providing psychological reflective practice and formulation for hospital staff may enable a greater understanding of the patients’ needs whilst in their care.

Type of Work:M.Res. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Larkin, Michael (1971-)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Psychology
Subjects:BF Psychology
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6172
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