Dissociative identity disorder and the nurse-patient relationship in the acute care setting: an action research study. Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents the results of an action research study into the acute care experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder. The study, which was grounded in principles of critical social science, utilized focus group interviews and narrative construction. Nurses and patients are under-represented in all clinical evaluation and their voices need to be heard if services are to be truly collaborative. Findings of the study extend intrapsychic theories of trauma to emphasize the interpersonal relationship between nurse and person who can work together to facilitate recovery from trauma, make connections both intra and interpersonally and build resilience.

published proceedings

  • Aust N Z J Ment Health Nurs

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • McAllister, M., Higson, D., McIntosh, W., O'Leary, S., Hargreaves, L., Murrell, L., ... O'Brien, J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • McAllister, M||Higson, D||McIntosh, W||O'Leary, S||Hargreaves, L||Murrell, L||Mullen, V||Lovell, F||Kearney, J||Sammon, D||Woelders, S||Adams, T||Davies-Cotter, D||Wilson, J||O'Brien, J

publication date

  • March 2001