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Service users' experiences of a therapeutic group programme in an acute psychiatric inpatient unit.

Authors
  • O'Donovan, A
  • O'Mahony, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2009
Volume
16
Issue
6
Pages
523–530
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01409.x
PMID: 19594674
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Psychiatric nurses have been facilitating therapeutic groups in acute psychiatric inpatient units for many years; however, there is a lack of nursing research related to this important aspect of care. This paper reports the findings of a study which aimed to gain an understanding of service users' experiences in relation to therapeutic group activities in an acute inpatient unit. A qualitative descriptive study was undertaken with eight service users in one acute psychiatric inpatient unit in Ireland. Data were collected using in-depth semi-structured interviews and analysed using Burnard's method of thematic content analysis. Several themes emerged from the findings which are presented in this paper.

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