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Eur Psychiatry. 1997;12(6):311-5. doi: 10.1016/S0924-9338(97)84792-X.

Mangageable violence in a new ward for acutely admitted patients.


Both clinical experience and earlier research have indicated that an increased number of violent incidents in a psychiatric ward may be strongly associated with the use of new staff. In 1991 a substantial number of staff was recriuted to a ward for commited patients. Incidents of violence were registered over the following 12-month period. The results of this study were compared with early registered violent incidents in a previous setting. It was found that the frequency of violent incidents could be kept at a low and stable level despite the new situation. In conclusion, a certain number of factors may be expected to affect the results: the specific pharmacotherapy in the treatment of acute psychosis, the physical environment of the ward, and, in particular, staff training.

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