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Title: Experiences of mental health care for psychosis from both sides of the fence : receiving services and providing services
Author: Groves, Mark D.
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Treatment for psychosis has a strong quantitative evidence base. Such research often treats 'patients' and 'staff' as homogeneous groups, meaning that the idiosyncratic experience of treatment, for both the patient with psychosis and the professional providing treatment, may be overlooked. The first paper presents a review of qualitative studies concerned with patients' experiences of receiving treatment for psychosis across different treatments and settings. All included papers met at least one indicator for good quality in qualitative research and common themes were identified across findings. The second paper presents a qualitative investigation of how inpatient nursing staff may respond to patients with psychosis who express delusions, and what factors can influence responses. The study design and method was guided by modified grounded theory and participants took part in semi-structured interviews. Findings identified three different response types and various influential factors upon responses. Nursing staff engaged in all three response types and influential factors did not work in a linear fashion, but highlight a complex process of influence across different factors. Both papers support the notion that the therapeutic relationship between patient and staff member is key and this is idiosyncratic to the individuals involved, within the specific clinical situation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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