Agitation in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting: A Review of Clinical Presentation, Burden, and Treatment

@article{Hankin2011AgitationIT,
  title={Agitation in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting: A Review of Clinical Presentation, Burden, and Treatment},
  author={Cheryl S. Hankin and Amy B Bronstone and Lorrin M Koran},
  journal={Journal of Psychiatric Practice},
  year={2011},
  volume={17},
  pages={170–185}
}
Agitation among psychiatric inpatients (particularly those diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) is common and, unless recognized early and managed effectively, can rapidly escalate to potentially dangerous behaviors, including physical violence. Inpatient aggression and violence have substantial adverse psychological and physical consequences for both patients and providers, and they are costly to the healthcare system. In contrast to the commonly held view that inpatient violence… 
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