User-led research into mental-health services is important because it reflects the perspective of the people for whom the services are intended but there has been very little research carried out specifically on psychiatric acute hospital services with inpatients as participants. A study carried out by service users in Northern Ireland looked at 13 psychiatric hospital sites throughout Northern Ireland and set up 10 focus groups to analyse the main areas of concern for service users. These were: information, communication, relationships, activities, self-help, patient involvement in care treatment plans and the physical environment.
Walsh, Jim and Boyle, Joan - Improving acute psychiatric hospital services according to inpatient experiences. A user-led piece of research as a means to empowerment Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2009, 30(1), 31-38