Journal article

Health professionals' experiences of providing care for women survivors of sexual violence in psychiatric inpatient units

Carol O'Dwyer, Laura Tarzia, Sabin Fernbacher, Kelsey Hegarty

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Survivors of sexual violence, who are predominantly women, commonly access mental health services. Psychiatric inpatient units in Australia are predominately mixed gender and may further retraumatise these women. Sexual violence is under-recognised by mental health professionals and there is a lack of adequate policy or direction for mental health service services. To date, only a small amount of research has focused on health professionals' experiences of providing trauma-informed care to women in psychiatric settings, with most studies focused on specific practices or interventions. Qualitative data is particularly lacking on this topic. This is a critical gap in the knowledge ..

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