Finding solutions through empowerment : a preliminary study of a solution-orientated approach to nursing in acute psychiatric settings

Stevenson, Chris, Jackson, Sue and Barker, Phil (2003) Finding solutions through empowerment : a preliminary study of a solution-orientated approach to nursing in acute psychiatric settings. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 10 (6). pp. 688-696. ISSN 1351-0126

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2850.2003.00644.x

Abstract

Acute inpatient care is not a therapeutic milieu, perhaps owing to the lack of nursing skills. Solution-focused therapy (SFT) has been successful in US inpatient facilities in relation to both objective and subjective 'measures'. This paper reports a study of SFT in a UK context, with the aim of developing a user-friendly SFT training course and assessing its impact on both nurses and clients, via a multifaceted, triangulated data collection design. Nurses' knowledge and clinical performance were assessed, as was the client's perspective. There was a significant difference in nurses' SFT knowledge after training and strong evidence of the model being used in practice during the course of training, although nursing documentation was not fully completed. Eighty-three per cent of nurses said that they would continue using the model, and clients found the SFT approach helpful. The findings match the US experience of using SFT.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funded by the Foundation for Nursing Studies, this paper reports on an initiative to introduce Solution Focused Therapy into a number of acute and chronic psychiatric care services with the Northern Region. The findings have been presented locally and at the FoNS conference, London 2003.
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychiatric nursing, therapeutics
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 13:43
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2708

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