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Monday, January 3, 2011

Results of Blog Poll

Thanks to everyone who took part in the blog poll, which asked people to rate the top 1-5 problems they have noticed in inpatient psychiatric environments.

I set up the poll to be time-limited, so we would have a tangible result. However, your ideas and observations are not only welcome, they are necessary! Please feel free to keep the comments coming, and if you have any ideas for future polls, please let me know.

And now, the results:


(Total of 37 people voting)

1.) Staff attitudes, 81% (30 votes)

2.) Boredom/dreary atmosphere, 70% (26 votes)

3.) No access to fresh air, 62% (23 votes)

4.) [Five-way tie for #4] Poor physical environment, 54% (20 votes)

4.) Miscommunication, 54% (20 votes)

4.) Overmedication, 54% (20 votes)

4.) Over-reliance on medication, 54% (20 votes)

4.) Forced treatment, 54% (20 votes)

5.) [Two-way tie for #5] Communication with outside, 45% (17 votes)

5.) Lack of discharge/aftercare plan, 45% (17 votes)

6.) Understaffing, 43% (16 votes)

7.) [Two-way tie for #7] Restraint/seclusion, 40% (15 votes)

7.) Misdiagnosis/medication errors, 40% (15 votes)

8.) Staff inexperienced, 32% (12 votes)


  1. Thanks for doing this, Jonathan. I've only been hospitalized twice but I agree with the most common complaints. And as psychiatric patients, we don't get much credibility when we try to make changes. Please keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks Jan! I know; it's very hard making change. But telling our stories is our best weapon, I think.

  3. Thank you for the poll, it was most informative and not surprising that "Staff Attitudes" came in at number one.

    i have experienced both the worst (usually Nurse's) and Best (Behavioral Tech's) of Staff Attitudes. i will always be grateful for the lovely Behavioral Tech's i have encountered.

    Thank you for all you do, Mr. Doisk!

  4. I appreciate your interest. That could be a later poll, I guess (which positions lead to abuses of power)!


    Jon Dosick

  5. good job on the survey. I wish we could get a wider demographic on the subject matter. I wonder if there's a way to make it into Facebook app or something like that to get more involvement.

    Nonetheless good job Jonathan! . Keep up the good work.