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Inpatient aggression in community hospitals

  • Katalin A. Szabo (a1) (a2), Christopher L. White (a1) (a2), Stephen E. Cummings (a3), Raziya S. Wang (a2) (a4) and Cameron D. Quanbeck (a1)...

Abstract

Physical violence is a frequent occurrence in acute community psychiatry units worldwide. Violent acts by patients cause many direct injuries and significantly degrade quality of care. The most accurate tools for predicting near-term violence on acute units rely on current clinical features rather than demographic risk factors. The efficacy of risk assessment strategies to lower incidence of violence on acute units is unknown. A range of behavioral and psychopharmacologic treatments have been shown to reduce violence among psychiatric inpatients.

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*Address for correspondence: Cameron Quanbeck, MD, Medical Director, Cordilleras Mental Health Center, San Mateo Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 200 Edmonds Road, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA. (Email: cquanbeck@smcgov.org)

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