Professionals’ Perspective on Needs of Persons Who Frequently Use Psychiatric Emergency Services

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This study explores how professionals experience persons who frequently use psychiatric emergency services (PES) in terms of their needs in Sweden. The data comprise 19 semi-structured individual interviews and one focus group interview with healthcare professionals (i.e., assistant nurses, psychiatric nurses, intern physicians, and resident physicians), which are analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The overall findings suggest that persons who frequently use PES suffer from illness, unfavorable life circumstances, and inadequate care, which together emphasize the need for more sustainable support. The findings indicate that the professionals saw beyond illness-related needs and could also acknowledge patients’ needs originating from social, existential, and care- and support-related aspects of life.


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  • Kristianstad University
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  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
  • Psychiatry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-193
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number3
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch

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