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Geropsychiatric inpatient care: what is state of the art?
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
  • Marianne Smith, University of Iowa
  • Janet K. Specht, University of Iowa
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter, University of Iowa
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
Issues Ment Health Nurs
PubMed ID
Although dedicated geropsychiatric units have been available for many years, little information is available about them as a group. This article describes a survey that was developed to learn what type of resources, policies, or procedures geropsychiatric inpatient units employed to promote best nursing care practices. Physical changes to the unit and enhanced staff training were components of the current units and were consistently identified as needing enhancement to move to the next level of excellence. An unanticipated outcome was survey respondents' interest in becoming a part of a network of individuals who provide inpatient geropsychiatric care.
  • Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Administration,
  • Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Methods,
  • Inpatients,
  • Mental Health Services -- In Old Age,
  • Psychiatric Units -- Administration,
  • Adult,
  • Aged,
  • 80 and Over,
  • Architectural Accessibility,
  • Checklists,
  • Descriptive Statistics,
  • Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Manpower,
  • Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Trends,
  • Mental Disorders -- In Old Age,
  • Middle Age,
  • Open-Ended Questionnaires,
  • Sample Size,
  • Socioenvironmental Therapy,
  • Surveys,
  • Human
Published Article/Book Citation
Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26:1 (2005) pp.11-22.
Citation Information
Marianne Smith, Janet K. Specht and Kathleen C. Buckwalter. "Geropsychiatric inpatient care: what is state of the art?" Issues in Mental Health Nursing Vol. 26 Iss. 1 (2005) p. 11 - 22 ISSN: 0161-2840
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