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Psychopathological capacity of a psychiatric ward — attempt at definition and analysis

Maciej Żerdziński
Psychiatria 2019;16(1):50-55.

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Vol 16, No 1 (2019)
Experts opinion
Published online: 2019-03-22

Abstract

In this article I focus on a variety of circumstances that influence the best possible functioning of a psychiatric ward.
It would seem that every psychiatric ward is limited in its tolerance for the level of psychopathology therein, which is
something often overlooked.
To make my theoretical analysis more practical, I introduce the term of the ‘psychopathological capacity of a psychiatric
ward’ (Polish: PPOP). I attempt to provide a definition of PPOP and deliver analysis of circumstances that shape it. These
phenomena are not always measurable in a clinical sense, often described colloquially or not described at all, however their
existence is, according to many years of my experience, one of the foundations of a safe functioning of the psychiatric
unit and satisfying working therein. Sometimes these phenomena are repeatable, sometimes appear on a one- off basis.
The overall sum of these phenomena is difficult to estimate. Even though the term PPOP does not relate to does not
relate at all to the relationship of the ward with the overall health care system, it is strongly connected to aspects that
are the most valuable for the patient — comfort and quality of the in-ward psychiatric treatment. When it comes to the
medical personnel, the influence of PPOP is no less significant. For those reasons it is important to note and monitor the
behavioural phenomena and some seemingly common events occurring at a psychiatric department in both contexts,
the one of the patient and one of the personnel.

Abstract

In this article I focus on a variety of circumstances that influence the best possible functioning of a psychiatric ward.
It would seem that every psychiatric ward is limited in its tolerance for the level of psychopathology therein, which is
something often overlooked.
To make my theoretical analysis more practical, I introduce the term of the ‘psychopathological capacity of a psychiatric
ward’ (Polish: PPOP). I attempt to provide a definition of PPOP and deliver analysis of circumstances that shape it. These
phenomena are not always measurable in a clinical sense, often described colloquially or not described at all, however their
existence is, according to many years of my experience, one of the foundations of a safe functioning of the psychiatric
unit and satisfying working therein. Sometimes these phenomena are repeatable, sometimes appear on a one- off basis.
The overall sum of these phenomena is difficult to estimate. Even though the term PPOP does not relate to does not
relate at all to the relationship of the ward with the overall health care system, it is strongly connected to aspects that
are the most valuable for the patient — comfort and quality of the in-ward psychiatric treatment. When it comes to the
medical personnel, the influence of PPOP is no less significant. For those reasons it is important to note and monitor the
behavioural phenomena and some seemingly common events occurring at a psychiatric department in both contexts,
the one of the patient and one of the personnel.

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Keywords

psychopathological capacity, psychopathological capacity of the psychiatric ward, psychiatric unit, quality of psychiatric treatment, work quality of a psychiatrist, behavioural disorders, in-ward psychiatric treatment

About this article
Title

Psychopathological capacity of a psychiatric ward — attempt at definition and analysis

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 16, No 1 (2019)

Article type

Guidelines / Expert consensus

Pages

50-55

Published online

2019-03-22

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2019;16(1):50-55.

Keywords

psychopathological capacity
psychopathological capacity of the psychiatric ward
psychiatric unit
quality of psychiatric treatment
work quality of a psychiatrist
behavioural disorders
in-ward psychiatric treatment

Authors

Maciej Żerdziński

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