Learning from experience: Using action research to discover consumer needs in post-seclusion debriefing

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Ryan, Rob and Happell, Brenda (2009) Learning from experience: Using action research to discover consumer needs in post-seclusion debriefing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 18 (2). pp. 100-107. ISSN 1445-8330


Approximately 16% of consumers are secluded during an inpatient admission. Despite the harmful psychological consequences resulting from the use of physical force, restraint, control, and temporary sequestration of therapeutic communication, there is little evidence of nursing practices to support consumers who are secluded. This paper will outline the findings from an action research project examining post-seclusion debriefing practice. A series of focus groups was undertaken with mental health nurses (MHN) and consumer consultants (CC) to investigate current practice, identify consumer/clinician preferences, and scope future practice possibilities. The findings suggest that CC need assistance in dealing with the negative feelings evoked by seclusion. MHN use a range of approaches for debriefing; however, these sometimes do not meet consumer preferences. MHN focus on explaining why seclusion happened and how to avoid it. While mitigation is a critical issue, CC want more emotional support from debriefing. MHN saw the possibility of using the debriefing to support consumers' transit from seclusion to high-dependency status and then to low-dependency status. Opinions raised regarding the potential for CC to have a role in debriefing were divided. The findings will be used to inform the development of a consumer debriefing training program for MHN and CC.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4561
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00579.x
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1447-...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Keywords ResPubID19205, action research, consumer consultant, consumer debriefing, practice development, seclusion debriefing
Citations in Scopus 24 - View on Scopus
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