Interruptions to therapy sessions on acute psychiatric wards; how frequent are they, and who does the interrupting?

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Abstract

Aim:

To find out how often therapy sessions conducted on acute psychiatric wards are interrupted and who by.

Methods:

Interruptions or early endings to therapy sessions were recorded as part of a trial of a brief talking therapy for psychosis delivered on acute psychiatric wards.

Results:

Only a minority of therapy sessions were interrupted (19/146; 13%) or ended early (5/146; 3%). Interruptions most commonly came from staff (15/19; 79%) rather from other patients on the ward (4/19; 21%).

Conclusions:

These data show most inpatient therapy sessions can be completed as planned, and provide further support to the feasibility of delivering psychological therapies within these challenging clinical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-177
Number of pages4
JournalPsychosis
Volume11
Issue number2
Early online date16 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Wards
  • inpatients
  • mental health services
  • psychosis
  • psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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