Miranda Ritchie

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In this study, the authors examined the nature of emotion perception in schizophrenia. Two samples of people with schizophrenia, one receiving acute care for a recent exacerbation of symptoms and the other receiving extended care, were compared with a nonclinical control group on emotion perception and general perception measures. The nonclinical control(More)
AIM To improve detection and quality of assessment of child and partner abuse within a health service. METHODS A formal organisational change approach was used to implement the New Zealand Family Violence Intervention Guidelines in a mid-sized regional health service. The approach includes obtaining senior management support, community collaboration,(More)
This study aimed to determine whether training and documentation led to improved assessment of female victims of assault due to domestic violence presenting to an emergency department. Eighty clinical records were audited using a valid and reliable audit tool over four time periods for variables including history, risk assessment, and examination.(More)
1. Changing trends in health care reflect increasing involvement with clients and families in the development of treatment plans, such as self medication planning. 2. Acting as an advocate for the client, the nurse, in consultation with the client and the multidisciplinary team, developed a consumer-centered program, which allowed the client to master a(More)
The aim of this study was to develop a clinically valid and reliable audit tool that evaluates the assessment documentation of females presenting to the emergency department following an assault secondary to partner abuse. A 5-step process informed by a quality improvement approach was used to develop the tool and good inter-rater reliability was achieved.(More)
INTRODUCTION Family violence is common with significant long-term negative health effects. Health professionals are recognised as key providers of family violence intervention. In 2002, the Hawke's Bay District Health Board launched a Family Violence Intervention Programme in its emergency department. The intervention programme involved staff training, the(More)
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