Conflict of Interest Statement
Therapeutic Relationships From the Psychiatric Nurses’ Perspectives: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 178–185, July 2014
How to Cite
Hawamdeh, S. and Fakhry, R. (2014), Therapeutic Relationships From the Psychiatric Nurses’ Perspectives: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 50: 178–185. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12039
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 25 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 DEC 2012
- University of Sharjah
- Interpretive phenomenology;
- nurse–client interaction;
- therapeutic relationship
The aim of the present study was to explore the attributes of the therapeutic relationship from the perspective of psychiatric nurses in the United Arab Emirates.
Design and Methods
Interpretive phenomenology formed the framework of the study. Data were collected through unstructured recorded interviews with 17 nurses.
Study findings revealed that nurses emphasized the importance of the therapeutic relationship. The analysis resulted in four main themes and nine subthemes. The main themes were: provision of physical care, conveying safety and security, protection, and companionship.
Psychiatric nurses can internalize these themes in their practice to improve client outcomes. These themes need to be emphasized in psychiatric mental health nursing courses as well as in nursing management in the orientation of new clinical psychiatric nurses.