Att vårdas mot sin vilja: Tvångsåtgärder ur ett patientperspektiv
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To be cared for against ones will : Coercive measures from a patient perspective (English)
Background: If a person is afflicted with mental illness and unable to voluntarily seek care or pose a threat to themselves or others, compulsory psychiatric care can be applied. Coercive measures can then be used if the patient opposes to treatment and care. This challenges the fundamental principles of human rights on being treated with respect and dignity. To care for a patient using coercion can therefore be perceived as complicated by health professionals, due to its contradiction of the ethical principles which all care is supposed to be based upon. Aim: To describe patients' experiences and views of being treated with coercion within psychiatric care. Method: Literature review was conducted; one quantitative and nine qualitative peer-reviewed articles were selected and analyzed. Results: The findings were analyzed and compiled into three main themes; (1) views of coercion, (2) views of care settings and (3) the impact of coercion. Patients expressed varying meanings of the use of coercion. The physical care settings and treatment they received from health professionals could have impact on patients' experiences of their care. Lack of influence and information were described by patients due to the limiting nature of coercion. Different feelings were mentioned in relation to coercion, such as reduced self-esteem and changed self-image. Conclusion: Although both positive and negative experiences were declared by patients, criticism toward coercion was mainly apparent. This study showed the importance of highlighting the patient perspective to be able to offer good care and maintain a humane approach, despite the circumstances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 20 p.
Coercion, coercive measures, patients’ experiences, patients’ perspective, psychiatric care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9474Local ID: EVX500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9474DiVA: diva2:945434
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