- This qualitative study interviewed six people who had been detained in a psychiatric hospital in Ireland. The people interviewed had been detained. The study participants were asked to recall their experiences of detention.
- The participants expressed both negative and positive experiences of care delivery during their detention. Participants' initial feelings and opinions on their early days of detention focused on their difficulties in knowing ‘what's going on’. This was because of a lack of information and explanation of what was happening. Participants also talked about their need to ‘move on’ while in hospital, and the variety of emotions that they felt on this journey.
- The study findings highlight the need for psychiatric nurses to assist people detained in their care make sense of their detention experience. By doing so, this may help people deal with the experience in a more positive way and may also help strengthen relationships with the mental health professional team on discharge.