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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2009 Mar;30(3):174-80. doi: 10.1080/01612840802694445.

Exploring male and female patients' experiences of psychiatric hospital care: a critical analysis of the literature.

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School of Health Science, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden. sylvia.maatta@hb.se

Abstract

In a critical analysis of the literature, this paper aimed to explore male and female patients' experiences of psychiatric hospital care. A method for a systematic review of research was used and five articles fitting the inclusion criteria were found. Three themes emerged in the analysis: "Treatment specifically related to women," "To keep a façade," and "Single-sex or mixed ward." The findings were explored by highlighting some knowledge gaps and gender bias. This paper can be used in the planning of psychiatric wards, give incitements to develop strategies for caring, and promote nurses' gender sensitivity.

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19291494
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10.1080/01612840802694445
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