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Risk assessment of psychiatric in-patients: audit of completion of a risk assessment tool

  • Neil Masson (a1), Ashley Liew (a2), John Taylor (a3) and Frank McGuigan (a4)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Two complete audit cycles were used to assess the completion of a bespoke risk assessment tool and whether an educational intervention, and subsequently the introduction of a standardised admission pack, led to improvements in completion rates.

Results

The total rate of completion of forms improved from 60% to 81% following a brief educational intervention in the form of a lecture and email about the audit. The subsequent introduction of a standardised admission pack containing the tool maintained completion rates.

Clinical Implications

Audit coupled with a simple educational intervention can improve the completion of risk assessment forms by medical and nursing staff.

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Risk assessment of psychiatric in-patients: audit of completion of a risk assessment tool

  • Neil Masson (a1), Ashley Liew (a2), John Taylor (a3) and Frank McGuigan (a4)
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