Clients' Perceptions of Involuntary Hospitalization
Rubin, William V.
Risner, Phyllis B.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 1994 Jun; 32(6): 28-32.
Because involuntary hospitalization involves the restricting of an individual's autonomy and choice, the challenge in nursing practice is to listen to the client's perceptions and then to set "limits in a humane and least restrictive manner to assure the safety of the client and others" (American Nurses' Association, 1982). However, the danger is that limits may be used to enforce socially desired behavior beyond what is necessary for safety (Garritson, 1983). Study results indicate that clients can clearly offer many specific ideas about their health care experience and needs. These perceptions offer an experiential grounding in the process of offering sensitive, relevant, quality care. Because nursing is a client-centered process, studies on clients' perceptions of care experiences are an area in which nurses can make a major research contribution. Implementation of care based on these client-centered studies could offer significant administrative and practice contributions. The client wants to be heard; nurses have an opportunity to take an active role.
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