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Nurse Res. 2009;16(4):65-72.

Conducting research on acute mental health admission wards.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, UK.


A group of researchers investigated medication (drug) rounds on mental health admission wards in response to the dearth of research into the subject. Here, they present the specific challenges encountered during first-stage data collection using non-participant observation and follow-up interviews. These include accessibility--developing the trust of the staff and the patients--and securing consent. The paper makes a number of recommendations for future research in this area of practice.

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