Journal article

Health professionals' perceptions of how gender sensitive care is enacted across acute psychiatric inpatient units for women who are survivors of sexual violence

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

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sexual violence is a global public health issue. It is a form of gender-based violence commonly experienced by women accessing mental health services. The biomedical model has been the dominant model of care in acute psychiatric units, however, there has been a global movement towards more gender-sensitive and trauma-informed models. To date, only a small amount of research has focused on evaluating these models of care and health professionals' experiences of providing this care. The aim of this study is to gain an in-depth understanding of healthcare professionals' perceptions of how Gender Sensitive Care (GSC) is enacted across acute psychiatric inpatient units for women who a..

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