Admission to Hospital


Admission to hospital or other residential unit is distressing for most people but especially at either end of their lifespan, for the young child and for the very old. Both groups anticipate what might happen with high levels of distress, the former because they have limited understanding, the latter because they understand too well what the end result might be! Admission involves removal from a safe and known environment to an alien, potentially anxiety-provoking and possibly painful context. Considerable adjustment and fortitude is needed to cope with new regimes of ordering one’s daily life pattern, the strange faces of fellow patients and staff, disconcerting noises, low levels of personal privacy and modesty, depersonalisation, and loss of body strength and competencies.


Nursing Home Resident Hospital Experience Maternal Deprivation Fellow Patient Mental Rehearsal 
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Further Reading

  1. Burton, G. (1965). Nurse and Patient (London: Tavistock)Google Scholar
  2. Franklin, B.L. (1974). Patient Anxiety on Admission to Hospital (London: Royal College of Nurses)Google Scholar
  3. Heller, J.A. (1967). The Hospitalized Child and His Family (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press)Google Scholar
  4. McGhee, A. (1961). The Patient’s Attitude to Nursing Care (Edinburgh: Livingstone)Google Scholar
  5. Muller, D., Harris, P., Watley, L. (1986). Nursing Children (London: Harper Row)Google Scholar
  6. Redman, B. (1988). The Process of Patient Education. 6th edn. (Washington DC: Mosby)Google Scholar

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