A feasibility study comparing UK older adult mental health inpatient wards which use protected engagement time with other wards which do not: study protocol

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Nolan et al (2016) tested key elements of Protected Engagement Time (PET) as an emerging concept of managing staff time on mental health inpatient wards with the aim of increasing staff and patient interaction.


This feasibility study aimed to identify prevalence and components of PET to construct a model for the intervention, in addition to testing the feasibility of the measures and procedures in preparation for a randomised trial. The researchers assert that the study should have the potential to provide preliminary evidence as to the current level of use of PET, its effectiveness and clarification of its key components.