What is it about?

To explore differences between the views of qualified nurses working in psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) and acute care wards on which patients are appropriate for PICU care.

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Why is it important?

Previous research on the area of psychiatric intensive care highlights the great differences that exist in all aspects of service provision, from unit size and staffing levels to treatment approaches and physical environment. One of the most common areas of controversy is the type of client behaviour that warrants admission to the PICU.


The study opens up a range of issues not previously studied in relation to the use of PICUs and the intricate relationship of this use with the available acute care wards and other services.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Psychiatric nurses’ views on criteria for psychiatric intensive care: acute and intensive care staff compared, International Journal of Nursing Studies, February 2003, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/s0020-7489(02)00043-3.
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