An Observational Study of Providing Structure as a Psychiatric Nursing Intervention
Article first published online: 4 APR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 7–18, January 2014
How to Cite
Voogt, L. A., Goossens, P. J. J., Nugter, A. and van Achterberg, T. (2014), An Observational Study of Providing Structure as a Psychiatric Nursing Intervention. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50: 7–18. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12018
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 1 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUL 2012
- Providing structure;
- nursing intervention;
- psychiatric nursing
To observe the actions of psychiatric nurses when providing structure and identify results in order to better understand providing structure as a complex nursing intervention.
Design and Method
Participant observation data were collected on a dual diagnosis ward and a crisis intervention ward in a mental healthcare organization. A total of 52 events were selected that involved providing structure.
Three phases in the processing of providing structure were identified: the start of the interaction, the interaction phase, and the end of the interaction. For each phase in the intervention, both critical nurse and patient responses were coded.
The results of this observational study contribute to a formalization of the nursing intervention “providing structure” in the Nursing Interventions Classification.