Year: 2008 Source: Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, v.8, no.3, (August 2008), p.264-273 SIEC No: 20090557

The authors analyzed issues related to the use of psychiatric assessment rooms using semi-structured interviews with adult, male, suicidal emergency department patients & emergency department staff. An iterative, thematic analytic process was employed. Although these rooms were designed to provide a safe & therapeutic environment, participants held negative attitudes about the physical attributes & the emotional responses to them. Many patients felt punished when assigned to a psychiatric room. Physical separation & observation were said to escalate symptoms leading participants to question the therapeutic value of the rooms. (28 refs.)