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  • 1.
    Hellzén, Ove
    et al.
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Kristiansen, Lisbeth
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Norbergh, Karl-Gustaf
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Being an outsider: nurses' statements about a vignette of an elderly resident with a schizophrenia diagnosis and dementia behaviour.2004In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 213-220Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In an exploratory study of nurses' approach to elderly people with a diagnosis of long-term schizophrenia, the aim was to investigate nurses' views of the care of an elderly fictitious person with long-term schizophrenia. All the nurses in one municipality in northern Sweden working at seven different units were investigated. A vignette, which was based on a case description in a previous study of an 84-year-old woman with severe dementia and problematic behaviour, was used after a minor alteration. In this study, the woman's age in the case description was changed from 84 to 68 years and the diagnosis was changed from severe dementia to long-term schizophrenia; otherwise, the description was the same as in the original case. The main finding was the nurses' inability to see the resident as anything other than what the 'label', the diagnosis, said. The nurses are interpreted as being caught in a dilemma of loyalty - on the one hand, the loyalty to the organization with its traditional goals and means and, on the other hand, the loyalty to the resident with her wishes in the forefront of their minds.

  • 2.
    Kristiansen, Lisbeth
    et al.
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Dahl, Annika
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Asplund, Kenneth
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    Hellzén, Ove
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskap.
    The impact of nurses' opinion of client behaviour and level of social functioning on the amount of time they spend with clients2005In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 12, no 6, p. 719-727Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The impact of nurses' opinion of client behaviour and level of social functioning on the amount of time they spend with clients For people afflicted with different kinds of psychiatric disorder, suffering is a common denominator. The time the nurses spend with psychiatric clients may mirror their attitudes towards and feelings for these clients. The aim of this study was to investigate the connections between the time spent together and the nurses' opinion of client behaviour and social functioning in community-based psychiatry. In this quantitative study, 29 clients were assessed by 30 nurses, who answered the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF) and the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). At the same time, 11,200 non-participant observations of clients were registered using the Patient Activity Classification (PAC) to investigate how they spent their time at two psychiatric group dwellings. The PAC instrument revealed that clients spent an average of 60.8% of time alone, while only 20% of their daily time was spent with the nurses. Based on a factor analysis, indices were made by setting cut-off points for the PANSS and the GAF scores, and four small groups of clients were generated: a relatively high level of social functioning and a low degree of psychiatric symptoms (A); a relatively high level of social functioning and a high degree of psychiatric symptoms (B); a low level of social functioning and a low degree of psychiatric symptoms (C); and, finally, a low level of social functioning and a high degree of psychiatric symptoms (D). The clients judged as having a low level of social functioning in combination with high degrees of psychiatric symptoms, that is, the most vulnerable and dependent individuals, receive less staff attention (18%) and are the clients who spend the most time alone (71.4%). It might be possible to interpret the results of this study in the light of a process of dehumanization.

  • 3.
    Mårtensson, Gunilla
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing science. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Westerberg Jacobson, Josefin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing science. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Engström, Maria
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing science. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Mental health nursing staff's attitudes towards mental illness: an analysis of related factors2014In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 21, no 9, p. 782-788Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Employer/workplaces have an impact on mental health nursing staff's general attitudes towards persons with mental illness. Staff have more positive attitudes if their knowledge about mental illness is less stigmatized and currently have or have once had a close friend with mental problem. More favourable attitudes among staff towards persons with mental illness could be developed and transmitted in the subculture at work places.

    ABSTRACT: There is growing awareness that mental illness is surrounded by negative attitudes and stigmas. The aim of the present study was to investigate factors associated with mental health nursing staff's attitudes towards persons with mental illness. Data were collected from 256 mental health nursing staff employed by one county council and 10 municipalities. The findings show that staff have more positive attitudes towards persons with mental illness if their knowledge about mental illness is less stigmatized, their work places are in the county council, and they currently have or have once had a close friend with mental health problems. The multiple regression model explained 16% of the variance; stigma-related knowledge and employer had significant Beta-coefficients. To account for unknown correlations in data, a linear generalized estimating equation was performed. In this model, stigma-related knowledge and employer remained significant, but a new significant factor also emerged: personal contact, i.e. currently having or having once had a close friend with mental health problems. This indicates correlations at unit level in the county council and in the municipalities. The conclusion is that more favourable attitudes among staff towards persons with mental illness could be developed and transmitted in the subculture at work places.

  • 4.
    Rönngren, Ylva
    et al.
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Björk, Annette
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Haage, David
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Kristiansen, Lisbeth
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    LIFEHOPE.EU: Lifestyle & Healthy Outcome in Physical Education: Development of a lifestyle intervention program for people with severe mental illness: Physical activity, dietary changes, and cognitive adaptation training2014In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 21, no 10, p. 924-930Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    People with severe mental illness (SMIs) are more prone to physicalillnesses, increased mortality and cognitive impairments, all of whichnegatively influence their daily lives. Physical activity (PHYS)programmes have helped alleviate SMI. LIFEHOPE is an ongoing researchproject with the purpose of developing a sustainable lifestyleintervention for physical and mental health. PHYS/cognitive adaptationtraining (CAT) is a newly created lifestyle intervention that providesgroup education and is based on CAT. It provides individualized supportfor PHYS and dietary change in a natural nursing environment. The aim ofthis study was to obtain further knowledge for developing a sustainablelifestyle programme by exploring psychiatric clients' experiences withPHYS and lifestyle habits, which we did by interviewing a localreference group, community mental healthcare users and community mentalhealthcare workers. Then, we developed a lifestyle programme for peoplewith SMI using information obtained from these focus group interviews.Our results suggest that there is a need for support and education, aswell as active interventions, in carrying out PHYS and dietary changesamong people with SMIs, and the PHYS/CAT may be a useful strategy.

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