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Despite differences between Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) and other inpatient psychiatric settings, research has not yet explored the nature and value of compassionate care offered by MBU staff despite the increasing importance of compassion in healthcare. This novel study investigated the experience of compassionate care by fifteen mothers admitted to a MBU in England using the Repertory Grid Technique. Our findings indicated that these women perceived their MBU care as compassionate. Compassion was central to nursing care and clearly implicated in women's recovery from mental illness. Additionally, other staff characteristics were important to mothers, including how effectively MBU staff coped with stressful situations, staff flexibility in their care approach and how they adhered to professional boundaries. It is important to facilitate the expression of compassion which partially depends on the personalities and training of staff and the cooperation of service managers in fostering compassionate care.
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This study examines the relationship between self-compassion and wellbeing in new mothers and whether an online self-help course for new mothers can help to improve their wellbeing and sel...
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the toxicity profile of GRID therapy using dose levels of 10Gy, 15 Gy and 20Gy in pediatric osteosarcoma of the extremity.
This study aims to explore the effectiveness of a group psychotherapy intervention using Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) in adults with severe obesity. In particular, it aims to evaluate ...
A psychological theory based on dimensions or categories used by a given person in describing or explaining the personality and behavior of others or of himself. The basic idea is that different people will use consistently different categories. The theory was formulated in the fifties by George Kelly. Two tests devised by him are the role construct repertory test and the repertory grid test. (From Stuart Sutherland, The International Dictionary of Psychology, 1989)
Neurons in the ENTORHINAL CORTEX that project to the HIPPOCAMPUS. Grid cells and PLACE CELLS play a role in cognitive representation of spatial memory and navigation.
The tendency to explore or investigate a novel environment. It is considered a motivation not clearly distinguishable from curiosity.
Stress response that occurs in individuals working in care giving professions.
Treatment technique in a virtual environment which allows the participant to experience a sense of presence in an immersive, computer-generated, three-dimensional, interactive environment that minimizes avoidance behavior and facilitates emotional involvement. (from Curr Psychiatry Rep (2010) 12:298)
Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders and their diagnosis, management and prevention. Conditions include schizophrenia, severe depression and panic disorders among others. There are pharmaceutical treatments as well as other therapies to help...
Health care (or healthcare) is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, a...
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