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Using research to implement change: the introduction of group activities on a psychiatric unit.

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Parahoo, Kader, McGurn, A and McDonnell, R (1995) Using research to implement change: the introduction of group activities on a psychiatric unit. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 4 (3). pp. 195-202. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.1995.tb00205.x

Abstract

Staff in a psychiatric unit of a general hospital proposed the introduction of a programme of structured group activities, based on their casual observation that patients were sometimes unoccupied and bored. It was decided to collect data systematically in order to inform the implementation of activities. An activities record sheet was developed to list all activities taking place over a 1-week period. Questionnaires were administered to patients (n = 23) and staff (n = 20) on the unit to seek their views on the value, type, timing, frequency and location of activities as well as on other related aspects. Overall, staff made practical and realistic suggestions regarding the implementation of structured group activities. The data collected, although useful in planning change, raised questions about the poor quality of patients' responses and the low response rate (50%) from staff. Implications of these and other issues are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:2212
Deposited By:Mrs Julie Cummins
Deposited On:08 Jan 2010 14:53
Last Modified:05 Mar 2012 12:06

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