Measuring therapeutic engagement in acute mental health inpatient environments : the perspectives of service users and mental health nurses

Chambers, M ORCID:, McAndrew, SL ORCID:, Nolan, F ORCID:, Thomas, B, Watts, P and Kantaris, X ORCID: 2021, 'Measuring therapeutic engagement in acute mental health inpatient environments : the perspectives of service users and mental health nurses' , BMC Psychiatry, 21 (1) , p. 547.

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Background: A key component of caring for service users (SUs) in acute mental health inpatient environments is Therapeutic Engagement (TE). To that end, the Therapeutic Engagement Questionnaire (TEQ) was developed and validated. The TEQ measures TE between SUs and registered mental health nurses (RMHNs) from the perspective of both parties and can quantify and recognise how nurses engage with SUs and monitor this activity as well as its enhancement of SU care and recovery. The aim of this study was to explore the views of SUs and RMHNs in relation to the TEQ and how it could be adopted into clinical practice within an acute inpatient environment. Methods: As part of the validation stage of the development of the TEQ, the views of 628 SUs and 543 RMHNs were collected using a qualitative approach by way of free text at the end of the questionnaire. Two questions required free text response: – ‘what do you think of the TEQ?’, and ‘how can it be utilised?’ Results: Following thematic analysis, it was found that both sets of participants stated that such a tool could be utilised to improve the service, could help nurses with reflective practice, be utilised as part of clinical supervision and to aid nurses’ professional development. The nurse participants also stated that such a tool would help track SU participation and enablement in their care. Furthermore, the nurses noted that the tool would help to reinforce the core ‘caring’ value of nursing and the overall goal of recovery. The SUs added that the TEQ would recognise the work of mental health nurses and provide them with a clear opportunity to express their views in relation to nursing staff. Conclusions: Therapeutic engagement (TE) has been identified as part of the repertoire of mental health nursing and both groups of participants identified how a tool to assess this construct may be utilised in day-to-day clinical practice to the benefit of each group.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: **Journal IDs: eissn 1471-244X **Article IDs: publisher-id: s12888-021-03561-z; manuscript: 3561 **History: collection 12-2021; online 08-11-2021; published 08-11-2021; registration 25-10-2021; accepted 05-10-2021; submitted 17-02-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Psychiatry
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-244X
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Funders: Department of Health (UK), Kingston University Enterprise team, Burdett Trust for Nursing, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 08:17
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:06

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