Formal observations and engagement: a discussion paper.

@article{Bowles2002FormalOA,
  title={Formal observations and engagement: a discussion paper.},
  author={Nick Bowles and Peter Dodds and Diane Hackney and Caroline Sunderland and Philip W M Thomas},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing},
  year={2002},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={255-60}
}
Formal observation of patients at risk is extremely common in acute psychiatric facilities. Effectively a form of physical containment, observation is resource-intensive, makes significant personal demands upon staff and skews the focus of nursing care towards the small group of patients judged to be most at risk. For patients, the experience of being… CONTINUE READING