What is it about?

Self-harm tendencies is a growing problem in society and health care, especially among young people. When self-harm is linked to emotional instability it becomes detrimental, both for the individuals themselves and for health care personnel. This paper describes Brief Admission (BA), a new crisis intervention and novel form of inpatient care for individuals with emotional instability and self-harm.

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Why is it important?

This is the first study on nurses’ experience of BA with a focus on the patient-nurse relationship. The findings provide an insight into possibilities and challenges that may occur when BA is used.


Previous studies on patients’ perspective of BA describe positive experiences such as increased autonomy and participation in the healthcare process. This study supports those findings, albeit from the perspective of nurses. Our findings suggest that BA may reduce work-related stress experienced by nurses while caring for persons with emotional instability and self-harm. BA may also support nurses in their ability to provide more meaningful and constructive psychiatric inpatient care.

Joachim Eckerström
Karolinska Institutet

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This page is a summary of: Brief admission (BA) for patients with emotional instability and self-harm: nurses’ perspectives - person-centred care in clinical practice, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1667133.
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