Family-inclusive practice in a psychiatric intensive care unit
Sedgwick, R., Duff, A., Lines, S., Akenzua, A. and Jones, F. 2019. Family-inclusive practice in a psychiatric intensive care unit. BJPsych Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2019.11
|Authors||Sedgwick, R., Duff, A., Lines, S., Akenzua, A. and Jones, F.|
Aims and Method: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends involving the families of patients admitted to psychiatric hospital care, without specific guidance on how to do it. To improve family involvement in a National Health Service psychiatric intensive care unit, a relatives’ and carers’ clinic was set up. Fifty family members attended and completed questionnaires. Nine went on to take part in interviews, the results of which were analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: Families felt more informed and found the increased access to information useful. They felt that the process showed respect for them and their family member, and that their contribution was valued. Running throughout the interviews was the contrast with previous experiences; families reported feeling heard and understood and attributed this in part to timing and environment.
Clinical implications: The clinic was viewed positively by families and met the trust’s commitment to including carers, as well as national guidance which suggests it should be part of routine practice.
|Keywords||Family; inclusive practice; qualitative; carers|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2019.11|
|Online||11 Mar 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||19 Mar 2019|
|Accepted||04 Feb 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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