The nurses’ knowledge on psychiatric patient admission procedures at the National Teaching and Referral mental health Hospital in Kenya
Mental illness is a global health crisis which results in significant morbidity and is a major factor that influences the social determinants of health of individuals, families and communities. To deal with this health crisis, mentally sick patients have to be admitted in psychiatric hospitals for management. In Kenya, the Mental Health Act cap 248 (Laws of Kenya) prescribes procedures that must be followed in the admission of patients to a mental health hospital. Nurses, among other health care workers have a great role in the provision of the initial care of the mentally ill patients presenting in various outpatient departments. This calls for the nurses to be skillful when handling the mentally ill patients at the OPD, during admission.
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