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The experiences of patients in using sensory rooms in psychiatric inpatient care
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1515-0485
Karolinska Institutet / Stockholms läns landsting.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 930-939Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of sensory rooms and similar sensory approaches in psychiatric inpatient settings is becoming increasingly common. In sensory rooms, patients can choose different sensory stimulating items that may help regulate distress and enhance well-being. Outcomes are often measured as effects on patients' self-rated distress and rates of seclusion and restraint. The subjective experiences of patients using sensory rooms have been less explored. This paper presents a qualitative study of the experiences of 28 patients who chose to use sensory rooms on seven different types of psychiatric inpatient wards. Data were collected by individual patient interviews and by texts written by patients. A qualitative content analysis resulted in four categories: emotional calm, bodily calm, empowerment, and unexpected effects. A majority of the participants described several positive experiences, such as enhanced well-being, reduced anxiety, increased self-management, and enhanced self-esteem. Our findings align with previous research that has shown similar positive patient experiences, and support the use of sensory rooms as part of person-centred care.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 28, no 4, p. 930-939
Keywords [en]
comfort room, empowerment, patient experience, sensory room, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2789DOI: 10.1111/inm.12593PubMedID: 30931543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2789DiVA, id: diva2:1302747
Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved

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