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Evaluating protected time in mental health acute care

BACKGROUND: Despite increasing changes within mental health services, time spent with patients is still an issue of concern. A protected time initiative was introduced in a mental health acute care unit with an agreed protocol to enable nursing staff to spend more time with patients.AIM: To investigate the implementation of protected time in the unit.METHOD: Patients and nurses in four wards were invited to complete ...

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