Objectives To provide (via the Mental Health Act Commission's national visit) empirical evidence on ward occupancy levels, use of the Mental Health Act 1983, nurse staffing, and care of female patients on acute adult psychiatric wards.
Design One day survey of a stratified random sample.
Settings 119/250 (47%) acute adult psychiatric inpatient units in England and Wales.
Subjects End sample of 263 acute psychiatric inpatient wards.
Main outcome measures Ward occupancy rates ; number of patients detained under the Mental Health Act and proportion « absent without leave » ; nurse staffing levels, skill mix, and vacancies ; proportion of women with self contained, women-only facilities.
Results Mean ward occupancy was 99% (95% confidence interval 97% to 102%). A ward mean of 30% (28% to 32%) of patients were detained under the Mental Health Act ; of all detained patients, 1% (1% to 2%) were absent without leave.
A ward mean of 0.3 (0.29 to 0.31) nurses were on duty per patient at the time of the visit.
An estimated ward mean of 31% (30% to 32%) of nurse staffing may have been through casual contracts-higher in inner (48% (43% to 53%)) and outer London (45% (41% to 48%)). On 26% (21% to 32%) of wards, there were no nurses interacting with patients.
A ward mean of 36% (30% to 41%) of female patients had self contained, women-only facilities.
Conclusions Attention should focus on improving the quality of acute inpatient psychiatric care as well as of community care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Infirmier psychiatrique, Admission hôpital, Evaluation, Qualité, Soin, Homme, Organisation santé, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Pays de Galles, Santé mentale, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Psychiatric nurse, Hospital admission, Evaluation, Quality, Care, Human, Public health organization, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Wales, Mental health, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0004190
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 31/05/1999.