Patient Violence in Community Mental Health: a Review of the Literature

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Abstract:

The past decade has seen an increasing focus on care in the community. During this period, the media has given a high profile to a number of incidents where members of the public and health service staff have been assaulted by patients of mental health services.

Many occupational therapists work in community mental health teams and there is a nationally acknowledged need for risk assessment and management. Despite this, an electronic search of five major databases and eight occupational therapy journals revealed no literature within the occupational therapy profession examining risk assessment and management. The existing literature is from the nursing and medical professions.

A systematic review of 10 studies, two conducted in the United Kingdom and eight in the United States of America, is presented. It is suggested that the occupational therapy profession urgently needs to address this gap in its literature and consider what can be learned from other professions.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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