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Demand for research on coercive measures

Published: 16 February 2016

Researcher Git-Marie Ejneborn Loois thesis on alternatives to coercion measures in psychiatric inpatient care is one of Luleå University of Technology's most downloaded theses in 2015. Despite being in Swedish and only been available for four months it stands out from the crowd with 950 downloads.

– Considering the short time span, it is rare that a thesis is downloaded this many times. Moreover, it is written in Swedish, which effects the international interest, and that makes it stand out even more. Publications from the same period have usually around 200-300 downloads, says Anders Brännström, who is a librarian and works with publications at Luleå University of Technology.

Great interest in the outcome

In Git-Marie Ejneborn Loois research she gives alternative to coercive measures, which are especially common in young women with self-injury, highlights the importance of creating trusting relationships and provide possibilities for reflection.

– There seems to be an interest and need for the results of my research. But I do not know if the interest is based on the alternatives to coercive measures, is focusing self-injury or give a practical application of nursing work. Or maybe the combination of them.

Accessible language

Every week she gets emails from either healthcare developers or researchers who want her thesis Nursing reflective practice - to see and use alternative to coercion measures in psychiatric care. Even teachers from different universities in the country make contact and want to use her research in their education of nurses.

– It is very satisfying of course. My ambition was to write in Swedish and use an accessible language, so that the thesis could be used in both education and care development work, says Git-Marie Ejneborn Looi.

Model for Nursing Development

She is currently working to create collaboration with different operations to test the applying part of the research. Instead of coercion measures, she wants the staff to build trusting relationships with the patients and create time for reflection and support in the staff's daily work.
– Eventually, I want to implement a study where I can evaluate the working method. Then it would be possible to compile the results and formulate a model for continuous care developments in psychiatric care.