Treatment of Behavioral Emergencies: A Summary of the Expert Consensus Guidelines

@article{Allen2003TreatmentOB,
  title={Treatment of Behavioral Emergencies: A Summary of the Expert Consensus Guidelines},
  author={Michael H. Allen and Glenn Currier and Douglas H. Hughes and John P Docherty and Daniel Carpenter and Ruth Ross},
  journal={Journal of Psychiatric Practice},
  year={2003},
  volume={9},
  pages={16-38}
}
Objectives. Behavioral emergencies are a common and serious problem for consumers, their communities, and the healthcare settings on which they rely, but there is little research to guide provider responses to this challenge. Key constructs such as agitation have not been adequately operationalized so that the criteria defining a behavioral emergency are vague. A significant number of deaths of patients in restraint has focused government and regulators on these issues, but a consensus about… 
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