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Patient and Staff Views of Quality in Forensic Psychiatric Inpatient Care

Lundqvist, Lars-Olov PhD1,2,3; Schröder, Agneta PhD3,4

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000060
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The study describes and compares perceived quality of care among patients and staff using the Quality in Psychiatric Care–Forensic In-Patient and the Quality in Psychiatric Care–Forensic In-Patient Staff questionnaires. The questionnaires are both based on the perception of the quality of the forensic psychiatric care given to the patients, but the wording is adjusted to fit patients or staff. The study sample consisted of 66 patients and 202 staff members from 12 forensic units in Sweden. Using multiple regression analyses to adjust for demographic variables, it was found that patients perceived the quality of support and secluded environment lower than did staff, whereas staff had lower perceptions than patients of the quality of secure environment. The combination of these questionnaires provides new possibilities for assessing the quality of forensic psychiatric care and evaluating interventions, important factors in the management and planning of forensic care.

Author Affiliations:1Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro County Council; 2School of Law, Psychology and Social work, Örebro University; 3School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University; and 4Psychiatric Research Centre, Örebro County Council.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Lars-Olov Lundqvist, PhD, Centre for Rehabilitation Research, P.O. Box 1613, SE-701 16 Örebro, Sweden. E-mail:

Received July 15, 2014; accepted for publication January 2, 2015.

Received July 15, 2014; Accepted January 2, 2015

© 2015 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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