A study on the experience of insomnia in a psychiatric inpatient population

Collier, E, Skitt, G and Cutts, H 2003, 'A study on the experience of insomnia in a psychiatric inpatient population' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 10 (6) , pp. 697-704.

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Complaints of insomnia among psychiatric inpatients are high. Many technical studies about insomnia are available in the literature, but few make reference to individual experience. This study examines the subjective experience of insomnia for psychiatric patients in one mental health unit. A random purposive sample of seven subjects was selected from the population of patients complaining of insomnia. Subjective experience was examined using a tape-recorded semistructured interview. The data were analysed using Burnard's content analysis framework. Ten categories were identified: control, wants and desires, holistic, assessment, individualisms, beliefs, conflict, communication, resignation and sleep signatures. Biographical data, and data from clinical notes about sleep were also collected. Results show that the impact of insomnia should not be underestimated and that attention to this aspect of a patient's experience could have a general effect on their mental health and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Inpatient, insomnia, mental health, psych, sleep
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13510126
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007 09:31
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:58
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22

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