Comprehensive treatment of women with postpartum psychosis across health care systems from swedish psychiatrists' perspectives
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Studies concerning the psychiatrist's experiences of treating women with postpartum psychosis (PPP) or how they react to these women are limited in the literature. In this study a qualitative design is used. Data collection includes semi-structured interviews with nine Swedish psychiatrists working in psychiatric hospitals. The audio-taped interviews are transcribed verbatim and analyzed using content analysis. The findings consist of the categories: Protection, Treatment, Care, and Reactions. The psychiatrists describe emotions such as compassion, empathy and distress. A conclusion is that the psychiatrists focus on protecting the women from suicide and/or infanticide. Given the degree of stress the psychiatrists can experience caring for high risk challenging patients, health care organizations need to provide support and/or opportunities for peer supervision. © 2011: Inger Engqvist, Arne Åhlin, Ginette Ferszt, Kerstin Nilsson, and Nova Southeastern University.
Engqvist, Inger, Arne Åhlin, Ginette Ferszt, and Kerstin Nilsson. "Comprehensive treatment of women with postpartum psychosis across health care systems from swedish psychiatrists' perspectives." Qualitative Report 16, 1 (2011): 66-83. doi:10.46743/2160-3715/2011.1039.