Perceptions of Australian emergency staff towards patients presenting with deliberate self-poisoning: A qualitative perspective
Chapman, Rose and Martin, Catherine. (2014). Perceptions of Australian emergency staff towards patients presenting with deliberate self-poisoning: A qualitative perspective. International Emergency Nursing. 22(3), pp. 140 - 145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2014.03.002
|Authors||Chapman, Rose and Martin, Catherine|
Introduction/Background: Attitude of staff towards patients who present to the emergency department following deliberate self-poisoning may be integral to the outcome of these events. There is little in-depth understanding of emergency staff perceptions about this vulnerable group.
Aim: Explore staff perceptions about caring for patients who present to the emergency department following deliberate self-poisoning.
Design: Qualitative descriptive study.
Methods: Two open-ended questions enabled 186 clinicians to describe their perceptions about caring for people who present to the emergency department following deliberate self-poisoning. Data were analysed using qualitative data analysis procedures.
Results: Three themes emerged from the data representing staff perceptions about caring for patients who deliberately self-poisoned and included depends on the patient, treat everyone the same, and skilled and confident to manage these patients.
Conclusion: Staff reported mixed reactions to patients presenting with deliberate self-poisoning. These included feelings of empathy or frustration, and many lacked the skills and confidence to effectively manage these patients.
Relevance to practice: Health networks are required to ensure that emergency staff have specialist support, knowledge, skills, and guidelines to provide effective care for this vulnerable population.
|Keywords||health professionals; emergency department; deliberate self-poisoning; qualitative approach|
|Journal||International Emergency Nursing|
|Journal citation||22 (3), pp. 140 - 145|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2014.03.002|
|Page range||140 - 145|
|Research Group||School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine|
|Place of publication||United Kingdom|
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