Service users experiences of a therapeutic group programme in an acute psychiatric inpatient unit.
Horgan, Aine M.
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.
Acute care , Group work , Psychiatric nursing , Psychotherapy , Psychiatric inpatient units , Therapeutic group work , Self concept
O'Donovan, A. and O'Mahony, J. (2009) 'Service users experiences of a therapeutic group programme in an acute psychiatric inpatient unit', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16, pp. 523-530. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01409.x
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Donovan, A. and Sweeney, J. F. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16, 523-529, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01497.x . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.