The unheard voice of the clinician: Perspectives on the key features of an adolescent inpatient model of care

Claire Hayes, Magenta Simmons, Victoria J. Palmer, Bridget Hamilton, Christine Simons, Malcolm Hopwood

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Problem: Little has been reported from clinicians about the operations, interventions, and outcomes of inpatient units and how these comprise models of care in such units. The aim of this study was to explore an inpatient model of care in operation at the study site by defining key features of the model from the perspectives of clinicians. Methods: Semi-structured face to face interviews were conducted with ten clinicians working in a private inpatient unit in Melbourne, Australia. Interview data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings: Analysis resulted in the identification of three thematic features relating to containment, engagement, and therapy. These included (a) an environment conducive to containment, (b) adolescent engagement through shared experiences, and (c) dialectical behavior therapy embedded culture. Conclusions: The findings provide insights into often unheard clinician perspectives on what the key features of an adolescent inpatient model of care are. These features relate to the interventions that are currently offered on the unit and ways of working as informed by philosophies and practices. These findings should be used to improve clinical services and inform research aiming to articulate exemplary adolescent inpatient models of care. Furthermore, the findings provide guidance and practical information to commissioners, clinicians, and policy makers implementing models of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescent
  • inpatient
  • model of care

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