Acute psychiatric ward rules: a review of the literature

Alexander, J. and Bowers, L. (2004) Acute psychiatric ward rules: a review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 11 (5). pp. 623-631. ISSN 1365-2850

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00770.x

Abstract

This literature review forms a background element of a comparative study of two acute psychiatric wards in the East End of London. The research focused on ward rules as a means of investigating the relationship between the flexibility/inflexibility of ward nursing regimes and patient outcomes. Previous studies identified a relationship between ward rules and patient aggression. Other studies identified a link between absconding by inpatients and nurses’ attitudes towards rule enforcement. However, an in-depth exploration of psychiatric ward rules from the perspective of nurses and patients has not been undertaken previously.

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Additional Information:This literature review forms a background element of a comparative study of two acute psychiatric wards in the East End of London. The research focused on ward rules as a means of investigating the relationship between the flexibility/inflexibility of ward nursing regimes and patient outcomes. Previous studies identified a relationship between ward rules and patient aggression. Other studies identified a link between absconding by inpatients and nurses’ attitudes towards rule enforcement. However, an in-depth exploration of psychiatric ward rules from the perspective of nurses and patients has not been undertaken previously.
Keywords:Mental health nursing, Ward rules, Patients
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:568
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:02 May 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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