Title

Comprehensive treatment of women with postpartum psychosis across health care systems from swedish psychiatrists' perspectives

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2011

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Qualitative Report

Volume

16

Issue

1

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