Conducting research on acute mental health admission wards
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Conducting research on acute mental health admission wards

Pamela Roach Research assistant, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Joy A Duxbury Divisional leader, Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Karen Wright Principal lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Diane Bradley Senior lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Neil Harris Lecturer, University of Manchester, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Manchester, UK

Pamela Roach, Joy A Duxbury, Karen Wright, Diane Bradley and Neil Harris discuss the challenges and implications for practice of conducting research on acute mental health admission wards

A group of researchers investigated medication (drug) rounds on mental health admission wards in response to the dearth of research into the subject. Here, they present the specific challenges encountered during first-stage data collection using non-participant observation and follow-up interviews. These include accessibility – developing the trust of the staff and the patients – and securing consent. The paper makes a number of recommendations for future research in this area of practice.

Nurse Researcher. 16, 4, 65-72. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.07.16.4.65.c7162

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