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Keywords:

  • Description of a program;
  • disruption;
  • evaluation;
  • severe mental illness

Purpose

Some patients in psychiatric treatment are considered extremely difficult to treat because of the disruptive nature of their relationships with treatment staff. In this paper, we describe and evaluate a specialist inpatient treatment program for these patients.

Design and Methods

Data were collected from medical records and daily reports of patients (n = 108). Pretest–posttest measurements were used to evaluate the treatment.

Findings

The main treatment method consists of the provision of safety, structure, and cooperation. Treatment results show statistically significant changes from admittance to discharge.

Practice Implications

The collaborative and consistent manner in which nurses approach the patients is crucial for quality of care.