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"I Want to Go Home, but I Need to Stay": The Transition to become Ready for Discharge from Acute Psychiatric Wards, as Narrated by Persons Who Experienced Acute Psychotic Illness
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2016 (English)In: I Want to Go Home, but I Need to Stay": The Transition to become, ISSN 2394-4978, Vol. 3Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Discharge planning for persons with psychotic illness who are admitted to acute psychiatric

wards is critical for decreasing the well-known risk of new phases of psychosis and early readmissions

after discharge from the ward. There is limited knowledge about admitted persons’ experience of their

readiness for discharge from acute psychiatric wards. This study aims to describe and understand how

persons with psychotic illness experience to become ready for discharge during their stay on an acute

psychiatric ward.

Method: During their hospital stay, 12 persons who recently had acute psychotic illness were interviewed

about their experiences related to their upcoming discharge. The recorded interviews were transcribed

and content analysed.

Results: The results describe the participants experienced three phases of transition to become ready

for discharge after their acute psychosis had decreased: 1)Being affected by wounds following acute

psychotic illness, 2) Being in need for strength to feel better before discharge, and 3)Being ready for


Conclusion: This experiential knowledge informs the transitional care that mental health nurses provide

to persons during the discharge process. In addition to developing plans for discharge and for further

mental health care in the community together with persons in care, nurses must seriously consider

persons’ mental health care needs following psychosis to support the best of outcome of the transition to

become ready for discharge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 3
Keyword [en]
Content analysis, Discharge planning, Mental health nursing care, Psychosis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127084OAI: diva2:1040674
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-28 Last updated: 2016-10-28

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