PURPOSE: To obtain insight into the patients' experiences during treatment in an acute, closed psychiatric ward.
DESIGN AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in the databases Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and Cochrane.
FINDINGS: Ten articles were selected. Four main themes emerged from the literature: (a) the inappropriate use of the ward rules, (b) nurses' lack of time for interacting with patients, (c) the feeling of humiliation, and (d) the involvement of significant others.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nurses can use the findings of this systematic review to improve quality of care in acute psychiatric units.