A Summary of the Article Was Published in the MedWire News
Routine structured risk assessments reduce ward aggression, seclusion
By Ingrid Grasmo
20 December 2011
Br J Psychiatry 2011; 199:473-478
MedWire News summary shows study findings indicate:
"... regular use of short-term structured risk assessments reduces the number of aggression incidents and the use of restraint and seclusion in psychiatric wards..."
"... Patients were assessed daily using the BrÝset Violence Checklist and a short version of the Kennedy-Axis V, with weekly assessments performed using the full version of the Kennedy-Axis V, Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), Dangerousness Scale, and the Social Dysfunction and Aggression Scale."
MedWire News quotes researchers in the British Journal of Psychiatry article:
"This suggests that seclusion could be prevented in several instances, but it seems likely that the constant monitoring of the symptoms and risk was helpful in substantially reducing the length of time spent in seclusion..."
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