Therapeutic relationships in acute inpatient mental health settings

PhD Thesis


Brown, M. 2013. Therapeutic relationships in acute inpatient mental health settings. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
AuthorsBrown, M.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDClinPsychol
Abstract

This work considers the nature of therapeutic relationships between nursing staff and patients on acute mental health inpatient wards.
Section A is a literature review, exploring the psychological theories behind the care delivered by nurses through the medium of therapeutic relationships in inpatient settings and providing a meta-synthesis of studies investigating the nature of therapeutic relationships between nursing staff and patients from the perspectives of nurses.
Section B presents a phenomenological study in which nursing staff completed in-depth interviews providing descriptions of their therapeutic relationships with patients. The results suggest a great variance in the nursing staff ability to get to know and understand patients and their needs from a psychological perspective. The knowledge gained about patients through the medium of relationships did not seem to be shared by the staff team and did not seem to be integrated into a coherent treatment plan.

Year2013
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Deposited23 Dec 2013
Submitted2013
Output statusUnpublished
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