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Forced medication in psychiatric care: patient experiences and nurse perceptions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
2003 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 10, no 1, 65-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aims of this study were to describe: patient experiences of and nurse perceptions of patient experiences of forced medication before, during and after forced medication; patient and nurse perceptions of alternatives to forced medication; and whether patients, according to patients and nurses, retrospectively approved of forced medication. Eleven patients and nurses were interviewed about a certain situation of forced medication. Data were analysed by content analysis. The findings demonstrate that forced medication evokes a number of patient experiences according to patients and nurses. These are related to the disease, the situation of being forcibly medicated and the drug. Patients mentioned several alternatives to the forced medication, whereas nurses mentioned no alternatives. A minority of the patients, and not as many patients as the nurses’ thought, retrospectively approved of the use of forced medication. It can be concluded that patients and nurses do not share the same perceptions about what patients experience when forcibly medicated.

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2003. Vol. 10, no 1, 65-72 p.
Keyword [en]
alternatives; experiences; forced medication; nurses; patients; psychiatry
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Psychiatry Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93742DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.2003.00555.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93742DiVA: diva2:167317
Available from: 2005-11-24 Created: 2005-11-24 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Patient and Staff Perceptions of Medication Administration and Locked Entrance Doors at Psychiatric Wards
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Patient and Staff Perceptions of Medication Administration and Locked Entrance Doors at Psychiatric Wards
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The general aim was, within psychiatric inpatient care, to explore patient and staff perceptions with regard to medication administration and locked entrance doors. In Study I, medication administration was illuminated according to a mini-ethnographic approach. Nurses and voluntarily admitted patients were observed and interviewed. Two central categories of patient and nurse experiences were identified, get control and leave control. In Study II, patients and nurses were interviewed about patient experiences of forced medication. Identified experiences were related to the disease, being forcibly medicated, and the drug. In Study III, the frequency of and reasons for locked entrance doors on Swedish psychiatric inpatient wards were investigated. Seventy three per cent of the doors were locked on a specific day. According to ward managers, doors were most often locked in order to prevent patients from escaping, provide security and safety, and because legalisation. In Study IV/V, voluntarily admitted patients/mental nurse assistants and nurses were interviewed about advantages and disadvantages about being cared for/working on a psychiatric inpatient ward with a locked entrance door. Most advantages mentioned by patients and staff were categorised as protection against “the outside”, secure and efficient care, and control over patients. Most disadvantages mentioned by patients were categorised as confinement, dependence on the staff, and emotional problems for patients. Most disadvantages mentioned by staff were categorised as extra work, confinement, dependence on the staff, and a non-caring environment. In conclusion, medication administration and locked entrance doors are perceived as connected with staff’s control and restricted freedom for patients. Increased reflection among staff about how medication administration and locked entrance doors are perceived by patients would increase staff’s possibilities to prevent potential experiences of coercion due to these situations among patients in psychiatric inpatient care.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. 52 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 85
Keyword
Nursing, forced medication, locked ward, medication administration, patient, perception, psychiatry, staff, Omvårdnad
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Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-6133 (URN)91-554-6398-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-12-14, Auditorium Minus, Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2005-11-24 Created: 2005-11-24 Last updated: 2009-06-01Bibliographically approved

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