Anneli Pitkänen

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People with mental disorders have been found to suffer from impaired quality of life (QoL). Therefore, the assessment of QoL has become important in psychiatric research. This explorative study was carried out in acute psychiatric wards. Thirty-five patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and related psychosis were interviewed. QoL was rated by the Schedule(More)
This study describes patients' perceptions of different types of patient education interventions and areas where patient education should be improved on psychiatric wards. Thematic interviews were conducted with 16 patients who had completed the information technology (IT)-based patient education, conventional patient education with leaflets or patient(More)
Education on the care of aggressive and disturbed patients is fragmentary. eLearning could ensure the quality of such education, but data on its impact on professional competence in psychiatry are lacking. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ePsychNurse.Net, an eLearning course, on psychiatric nurses' professional competence in seclusion and(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life (QoL) is considered an important outcome of treatment in psychiatry. Two QoL instruments, the EuroQoL-5D (EQ-5D) and the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q), have been increasingly used among patients with schizophrenia. AIMS The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability, validity and(More)
eLearning may facilitate continuing vocational education, but data on the long-term effects of an eLearning course are lacking. The aim of this study was to explore the long-term impact of an eLearning course entitled ePsychNurse.Net on psychiatric nurses' professional competence in practicing seclusion and restraint and on their job satisfaction and(More)
Copyright: © 2014 Mattila E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Abstract Background: Nursing care models provide the infrastructure for organizing and(More)
BACKGROUND In Finland major effort has been invested in reducing the use of coercion in psychiatric treatment, and the goal is to diminish the use of coercion by 40% by 2015. Improving patients' quality of life (QoL) has gained prominence in psychiatric treatment during the past decade. Numerous studies have shown that most secluded or restrained patients(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to examine nurses' (N=29) perceptions of nursing interventions in supporting patients' quality of life (QoL) in acute psychiatric inpatient settings. DESIGN AND METHOD An explorative descriptive study design was applied. The data were generated through seven focus group interviews and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. (More)
BACKGROUND The management of psychiatric inpatients exhibiting severely disturbed and aggressive behaviour is an important educational topic. Well structured, IT-based educational programmes (eLearning) often ensure quality and may make training more affordable and accessible. AIMS The aim of this study was to explore the impact of an eLearning course for(More)
PURPOSE The study describes nurses' occupational stress and implementation of information technology on acute psychiatric wards. DESIGN AND METHODS The sample consisted of 146 Finnish nurses. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire in 2006. FINDINGS Eleven percent of the nurses felt that work was very mentally strenuous and 45% felt(More)