Structured risk assessment and violence in acute psychiatric wards: randomised controlled trial.

  title={Structured risk assessment and violence in acute psychiatric wards: randomised controlled trial.},
  author={Christoph Abderhalden and Ian Needham and Theo W. N. Dassen and Ruud J. G. Halfens and H J Haug and Joachim Ernst Fischer},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  volume={193 1},
BACKGROUND There is a lack of research on the possible contribution of a structured risk assessment to the reduction of aggression in psychiatric in-patient care. AIMS To assess whether such risk assessments decrease the incidence of violence and coercion. METHOD A cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted with 14 acute psychiatric admission wards as the units of randomisation, including a preference arm. The intervention comprised a standardised risk assessment following admission… CONTINUE READING

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