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Psychiatry Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 897084, 7 pages
Research Article

Involving the Family in the Care and Treatment of Women with Postpartum Psychosis: Swedish Psychiatrists’ Experiences

1School of Life Science, University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, 541 28 Skövde, Sweden
2Department of Psychiatry, Skaraborg Hospitals, 521 85 Falköping, Sweden
3Institute of Health and Caring Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Received 17 November 2012; Revised 5 January 2013; Accepted 11 January 2013

Academic Editor: Yvonne Forsell

Copyright © 2013 I. Engqvist and K. Nilsson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the study was to describe Swedish psychiatrists’ experiences of involving the family in the treatment of women with postpartum psychosis. A qualitative design was used, and semistructured qualitative research interviews were conducted with nine psychiatrists from the south of Sweden. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Four categories were found: the family as a resource, the family as coworkers, preparing the family for the future, and the family as a burden. The result showed that the psychiatrists considered the family to be a resource to which they devoted a great deal of care and effort. It was particularly important to involve the partner, informing about the course of the illness and the steps that need to be taken in the event of a relapse and reducing any guilt feelings. The psychiatrists instilled confidence and hope for a future of health and further child bearing. The family members’ limited understanding of the treatment may impede the involvement of the family. Conclusion of the study was that the goal for family involvement was to facilitate the women’s care and treatment. Further studies are needed to provide suggestions on how to develop family involvement in the care of women suffering from postpartum psychosis.