Next of kin’s conceptions of the quality of care in the psychiatric setting: a phenomenographic study
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, Vol. 16, no 5, 307-317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The next of kin play a decisive role in the care provided for patients. This and their unique experience of psychiatric care make it important to include them when defining quality of care. The aim of the present study was to describe how next of kin perceive the concept of quality of care in the case of psychiatric care. Twelve next of kin were included in a qualitative interview study and a phenomenographic approach was used for the analysis of the interviews. The next of kin described quality of care mainly from their own perspective but also to a large extent from the patient's perspective as well. Five descriptive categories resulted: dignity, security, participation, recovery, and health-promoting surroundings. Good relations and communication between staff, patients, and next of kin emerged as the central factors regarding the quality of psychiatric care. The next of kin asked for information about psychiatric illnesses and wanted to cooperate in the care. They avoid telling others about their family member's psychiatric illness because of a feeling of shame and guilt. Staff education regarding such feelings and stigmatization could be useful in furthering the understanding of the next of kin's distress and developing interventions to alleviate it. Clinical practice can be improved by guidelines and instruments developed on the basis of this study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 16, no 5, 307-317 p.
next of kin's perspective, phenomenography, psychiatric care, qualitative method, quality of care
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14217DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00481.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14217DiVA: diva2:22927