Nurses' Perceptions of nursing interventions supporting quality of life in acute psychiatric wards

Anneli Pitkänen, Heli Hätönen, Marjo Kollanen, Lauri Kuosmanen, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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This study aimed to examine nurses' (N= 29) perceptions of nursing interventions in supporting patients' quality of life (QoL) in acute psychiatric inpatient settings. Design and Method: An explorative descriptive study design was applied. The data were generated through seven focus group interviews and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Findings: Five main categories of nursing interventions to support patients' QoL were identified. Interventions were related to care planning, empowering interventions, social interventions, activating interventions, and security interventions. Practice Implications: Emphasis should be placed on nurses' opportunities to improve patients' QoL according to patients' individual needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-175
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Content analysis
  • Nursing intervention
  • Psychiatric care
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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