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The effect environmental change has on the frequency of violent incidents

  • C. W. Rusius (a1)
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Violence is an important consideration in the management of psychiatric patients. Probably one in ten psychiatric patients assault staff (DHSS, 1988), although this may be an underestimate (Lion et al, 1981). Fellow patients are assaulted less frequently (Nobel & Rodger, 1989). Several factors have been associated with violent behaviour in patients: suffering from schizophrenia, delusions, hallucinations (Noble & Rodger, 1989); being young, compulsorily detained and an increased use of temporary nursing staff (James et al, 1990).

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Department of Health and Social Security (1988) Violence to Staff. Report of the DHSS advisory committee on violence to staff. London: DHSS.
James, D. V., Fineberg, N. A., Shah, A. K. & Priest, R. G. (1990) An increase in violence on an acute psychiatric ward – a study of associated factors. British Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 846852.
Lion, J. R., Snyder, W. & Merrill, G. (1981) Underreporting of assaults on staff in a state hospital. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 32, 487498.
Noble, P. & Rodger, S. (1989) Violence by psychiatric in-patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 384390.
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