A Brief Breathing Space: Experiences of Brief Admission by Self-Referral for Self-Harming and Suicidal Individuals with a History of Extensive Psychiatric Inpatient Care

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Individuals with severe self-harm and experiences of lengthy psychiatric admissions often have complex mental health conditions and are at risk of suicide. In this qualitative study, self-harming individuals with >180 days of psychiatric admission over 12 months shared their experiences of Brief Admission (BA), a standardized crisis-management intervention encouraging self-admission and autonomy. Phenomenological hermeneutic analysis formulated BA as a worthy respite, replacing an old system of having to prove need ‘in blood’ or wait and get worse. Successes and struggles in early help-seeking, interpreted in the light of human rights and person-centered care, suggested that individual development of autonomy depended on perceived focus on recovery and compassion. Future research may consider ethical and health-economic aspects of BA in a broader perspective.


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Externa organisationer
  • Region Skåne
  • Sahlgrenska University Hospital
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Västra Götalandsregionen

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykiatri
TidskriftIssues in Mental Health Nursing
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 aug 7
Peer review utfördJa