Adverse impact of coercive treatments on psychiatric inpatients' satisfaction with care

Journal Article

Consumers' satisfaction with inpatient mental health care is recognized as a key quality indicator that prospectively predicts functional and clinical outcomes. Coercive treatment experience is a frequently cited source of dissatisfaction with inpatient care, yet more research is needed to understand the factors that influence consumers' perceptions of coercion and its effects on satisfaction, including potential "downstream" effects of past coercive events on current treatment satisfaction. The current study examined associations between objective and subjective indices of coercive treatments and patients' satisfaction with care in a psychiatric inpatient sample (N = 240). Lower satisfaction ratings were independently associated with three coercive treatment variables: current involuntary admission, perceived coercion during current admission, and self-reported history of being refused a requested medication. Albeit preliminary, these results document associations between patients' satisfaction ratings and their subjective experiences of coercion during both current and prior hospitalizations. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (Outside the USA).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Strauss, JL; Zervakis, JB; Stechuchak, KM; Olsen, MK; Swanson, J; Swartz, MS; Weinberger, M; Marx, CE; Calhoun, PS; Bradford, DW; Butterfield, MI; Oddone, EZ

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 457 - 465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-3853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10597-012-9539-5