Conflict management : a qualitative study of mental health staff’s perceptions of factors that may influence conflicts with forensic mental health inpatients
Internationally, clinical services are under pressure to reduce their use of restrictive practices. The aim was to explore how mental health nurses and nursing assistants perceive conflict and their use of restrictive practices with mental health inpatients in forensic mental health care. A total of 24 semi-structured interviews with forensic mental health staff were conducted and analysed using thematic analysis. The findings propose a dynamic model that explains how tolerance of potential conflict situations changes depending on individual staff members' perceptions of patients and colleagues, and their relationships.
Keywords: professional-patient relations, staff attitude, conflict, violence, qualitative research