Predictable, collaborative and safe: Healthcare provider experiences of introducing brief admissions by self-referral for self-harming and suicidal persons with a history of extensive psychiatric inpatient care

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People with severe self-harming behavior and histories of lengthy psychiatric inpatient admissions can represent a challenge to care providers. This interview-based study illuminates healthcare provider experiences (n = 12) of Brief Admission (BA) among self-harming individuals, with >180 days of psychiatric admission the previous year. Qualitative content analysis revealed that providers experienced benefits of increased predictability, and a shift from trigger and conflict to collaboration with individuals admitted to BA. Staff participants expressed an increased sense of safety and a strengthened link between inpatient and outpatient caregiving. Results indicated that BA is a promising intervention for self-harming individuals with extensive psychiatric histories.


External organisations
  • Radboud University Medical Center
  • Lund University
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  • Psychology
Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 May 17
Publication categoryResearch