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Sensory rooms in psychiatric inpatient care: Staff experiences.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Karolinska Institutet.
Röda Korsets Högskola, Avdelningen Teknik och Välfärd.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1515-0485
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet.
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet.
2016 (Engelska)Ingår i: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 25, nr 5, s. 472-479Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

There is an increased interest in exploring the use of sensory rooms in psychiatric inpatient care. Sensory rooms can provide stimulation via sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste in a demand-free environment that is controlled by the patient. The rooms may reduce patients' distress and agitation, as well as rates of seclusion and restraint. Successful implementation of sensory rooms is influenced by the attitudes and approach of staff. This paper presents a study of the experiences of 126 staff members who worked with sensory rooms in a Swedish inpatient psychiatry setting. A cross-sectional descriptive survey design was used. Data were collected by a web based self-report 12-item questionnaire that included both open- and closed-ended questions. Our findings strengthen the results of previous research in this area in many ways. Content analyses revealed three main categories: hopes and concerns, focusing on patients' self-care, and the room as a sanctuary. Although staff initially described both negative and positive expectations of sensory rooms, after working with the rooms, there was a strong emphasis on more positive experiences, such as letting go of control and observing an increase in patients' self-confidence, emotional self-care and well-being. Our findings support the important principals of person-centred nursing and recovery-oriented mental health and the ability of staff to implement these principles by working with sensory rooms.

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2016. Vol. 25, nr 5, s. 472-479
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comfort room; emotional stress; psychiatric nursing; recovery; sensory room
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2174DOI: 10.1111/inm.12205PubMedID: 26875931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2174DiVA, id: diva2:904779
Tillgänglig från: 2016-02-19 Skapad: 2016-02-19 Senast uppdaterad: 2017-11-30Bibliografiskt granskad

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