Engaging with Families Is a Challenge: Beliefs among Healthcare Professionals in Forensic Psychiatric Care
2015 (English)In: Nursing Research and Practice, ISSN 2090-1429, E-ISSN 2090-1437, 1-10 p., 843717Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Being healthcare professionals in the complex field of forensic psychiatry care (FPC) seems particularly challenging. Historically, families have almost been invisible in FPC. The aim of this study was to uncover beliefs among healthcare professionals concerning families of patients admitted for FPC. Using a hermeneutical approach inspired by Gadamer’s philosophy, group interviews with healthcare professionals in four Swedish forensic psychiatric clinics were analyzed. Analysis resulted in seven key beliefs. There were three beliefs about families: family belongingness is a resource for the patient; most families are broken and not possible to trust; and most families get in the way of the patient’s care. Four beliefs concerned encounters with families: it is important to achieve a balance and control over the family; it is essential to set aside one’s own values and morals; family-oriented work is an impossible mission; and family oriented work requires welcoming the families. Despite ethical dilemmas of working with families in FPC, healthcare professionals showed a willingness and desire to work in a more family-oriented manner. More knowledge, understanding, and caring tools are needed in order to meet the needs of the family as well as support the family’s resources.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015. 1-10 p., 843717
Beliefs, families, forensic psychiatric care, staff perspective
Research subject Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46266DOI: 10.1155/2015/843717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46266DiVA: diva2:853464