Inpatients had mostly negative experiences of seclusion during short term treatment in a mental health facility

Meehan, Tom, Vermeer, Cathryn, & Windsor, Carol A. (2000) Inpatients had mostly negative experiences of seclusion during short term treatment in a mental health facility. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 3(4), p. 128.

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Semi-structured interviews.


2 open, acute care units of a large tertiary mental health facility in Queensland, Australia.


12 patients (58% men) who were 18–52 years of age and were secluded in the previous 7 days (mean duration 3.4 h).


Semi-structured, thematically organised interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. Transcripts were checked for errors against the audiotaped versions and were analysed using the process of meaning categorisation. Themes were identified and coded to produce categories. All members of the research team agreed on the final categorisations. These broad categories were further analysed, and themes were used to reflect patients' experiences of seclusion.

Main findings

5 recurrent themes emerged. (1) Patients described the use of seclusion. Some patients thought that seclusion was used inappropriately and that the seclusion period was of more benefit to …

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ID Code: 63862
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: seclusion, semi-structured interviews, content analysis, patient perceptions, psychiatric in-patient care, mental health care nursing
DOI: 10.1136/ebmh.3.4.128
ISSN: 1468-960X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 04:30

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