Aggression on psychiatric inpatient units for older adults and adults of working age.

  title={Aggression on psychiatric inpatient units for older adults and adults of working age.},
  author={Robert Chaplin and Maureen McGeorge and Graham Hinchcliffe and Leanne Shinkwin},
  journal={International journal of geriatric psychiatry},
  volume={23 8},
Staff and patients on acute psychiatric wards report high rates of exposure to violence (Chaplin et al., 2006). Aggressive behaviour by older people with mental illness is associated with dementia, frequently directed at staff providing personal care and other patients, and does not generally result in severe injury. The National Audit of Violence (Healthcare Commission, 2005) revealed comparable rates of staff and patients experiencing aggression on older adult (OA) wards and wards for adults… CONTINUE READING

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