A trial of an anti-absconding intervention in acute psychiatric wards.

@article{Bowers2003ATO,
  title={A trial of an anti-absconding intervention in acute psychiatric wards.},
  author={Len Bowers and Jane L Alexander and Catherine Gaskell},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing},
  year={2003},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={
          410-6
        }
}
Absconding from acute psychiatric wards is a significant clinical problem that can place patients and others at risk, as well as being burdensome and anxiety provoking for staff. Previous studies have not convincingly demonstrated the best way to minimize the frequency of absconding. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the impact of an intervention to reduce absconding by patients from partially locked acute psychiatric wards. Five acute psychiatric wards in one hospital were entered into a… CONTINUE READING
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