The recognition and expectations of exinpatients of mental health services: A webbased questionnaire survey in Japan

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Concern about mental health issues and the treatment of mentally disordered offenders attracts considerable public attention. This study aimed to gather the experiences and opinions of people who have experienced admission to a psychiatric ward in order to grasp their reaction to, and understanding of, the legislation behind the involuntary admission of psychiatric patients. A web-based questionnaire survey was conducted with a total of 379 participants, using a cross-sectional, exploratory design. The data were analyzed using a chisquared test, Fisher's exact test, and a logistic regression analysis. According to the results, many patients were satisfied with their treatment during psychiatric admission; however, only few participants said that they had been given an adequate explanation for their involuntary treatment. Most participants expected qualified assistance after discharge, although the prospect of a regular visit from an official was not entirely supported by the participants. Patient satisfaction was relevant to the discussion of their needs after discharge and in developing a crisis plan during admission. These findings suggest that psychiatric patients accept inpatient treatment as long as they receive an adequate explanation. More qualified care such as relapse prevention would be expected to lead to better satisfaction. For them to welcome regular visits from an official, patients may need more information and discussion.

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Shiina, A., Ojio, Y., Sato, A., Sugiyama, N., Iyo, M., & Fujii, C. (2018). The recognition and expectations of exinpatients of mental health services: A webbased questionnaire survey in Japan. PLoS ONE, 13(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197639

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