An evaluation of two systems of in-patient care in a general hospital psychiatric unit I: staff and patient perceptions and attitudes

Authors

  • Clive G Long BA MSc DipCnm DipPsych AFBPsS,

    Head, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Clinical Psychology, St Andrew's Hospital
      Mr C G Long, Psychology Department St Andrews Hospital Billing Road, Northampton NN15JD, England.
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  • Claire C Blackwell BSc MSc,

    Clinical Psychologist
    1. Department of Clinical Psychology, Memorial Hospital, Darlington
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  • Mane Midgley PhD

    Research Psychologist and Lecturer
    1. Department of Clinical Psychology, St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, England
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Mr C G Long, Psychology Department St Andrews Hospital Billing Road, Northampton NN15JD, England.

Abstract

This study reports a comparison of a single ward versus a two-ward system of acute in-patient care in a general hospital psychiatric unit It focuses on staff and patient perceptions and attitudes towards the two types of ward A continuous care ward system was preferred by the majority of staff who described an improvement in‘ward atmosphere’ Patients who had experienced both ward systems also preferred the continuous care system Both patients and staff felt that the continuous care system still needed to place greater emphasis on ‘ward atmosphere’ dimensions of involvement, support and spontaneity The implications of these findings for improving the functioning of the preferred ward are discussed

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