Characteristics of aggressive subjects in Australian (Melbourne) nursing homes.

  title={Characteristics of aggressive subjects in Australian (Melbourne) nursing homes.},
  author={Ajit Jesang Shah and Edmond Chiu and David Ames and Susan M. Harrigan and David C McKenzie},
  journal={International psychogeriatrics},
  volume={12 2},
BACKGROUND Aggressive behavior is common in nursing homes for the elderly. It causes distress to carers and can lead to hospitalization, overmedication, and physical restraint. METHOD A 6-month prospective study examining the characteristics of aggressive subjects in 11 nursing homes in Melbourne using validated, reliable instruments. RESULTS During the study, 121 and 143 subjects were rated aggressive on the Rating Scale for Aggressive Behavior in the Elderly and the Staff Observation… CONTINUE READING