Skip to main content

Open Access Violence Prevention in the Mental Health Setting: The New York State Experience Prévention de la violence en soins de santé mentale: le cas de l'État de New York

Download Article:
 Download
(PDF 171.3154296875 kb)
 

Abstract:

In 1996 the New York State Office of Mental Health issued a policy requiring all State-operated psychiatric facilities to develop and implement a proactive violence-prevention program based on guidelines issued by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This presented an opportunity to evaluate the impact of the guidelines on worker health and safety. The authors report the findings of a mixed-method study to evaluate the feasibility and impact of a participatory intervention to prevent workplace violence. They describe the implementation of the intervention in 3 in-patient facilities, including an extensive worksite analysis, staff focus groups, and a baseline and post-intervention survey of changes in staff perception of the quality of the program's elements and physical assault following implementation of the program. The authors provide evidence for the feasibility and positive impact of a comprehensive violence-prevention program in the in-patient mental health workplace. Staff perception of the quality of management commitment and employee involvement in violence-prevention was significantly improved in all worksites post-implementation.

French
En 1996, le New York State Office of Mental Health adoptait une politique obligeant tous les établissements psychiatriques administrés par l'État à se doter d'un programme proactif de prévention de la violence fondé sur les lignes directrices imposées par la U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration. Cette décision a fourni une occasion d'évaluer l'effet de ce type de lignes directrices sur la santé et la sécurité au travail. Les auteurs rapportent ici les résultats d'une étude à plusieurs volets dont le but était d'évaluer la faisabilité et les répercussions d'une intervention participative destinée à prévenir la violence au travail. Ils décrivent la mise en œuvre d'un programme de prévention dans trois établissements hospitaliers, en se fondant sur : une analyse approfondie du milieu de travail; des groupes de discussion réunissant des employés; des sondages menés avant et après l'instauration du programme dans le but d'évaluer les changements de perception à l'égard des agressions physiques et de la qualité des différents volets du projet. Les résultats attestent de la faisabilité de ce type de programme et de ses répercussions favorables au sein des établissements de santé mentale. On a constaté chez les employés de tous les milieux de travail concernés une amélioration notable des perceptions concernant l'engagement de la direction et la participation du personnel en matière de prévention de la violence.

Keywords: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH; PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS; STAFF ASSAULTS; VIOLENCE PREVENTION; WORKPLACE VIOLENCE; WORKSITE ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-12-01

More about this publication?
  • To the CJNR Readership:

    We are excited to report that as of January 2016, the CJNR (Canadian Journal of Nursing Research) is being published under the SAGE Publications, Inc. banner.

    All inquiries relating to future issues of CJNR should be directed to:

    Daniel Ruth
    Senior Acquisitions Editor
    SAGE Publications In
    T (805) 410-7251
    E dan.ruth@sagepub.com
    www.sagepub.com

    Currently published issues of the CJNR (1969-2015) are being moved to the McGill online archives where they will be hosted in perpetuity. This migration should be completed by Spring 2016. During this transition, all issues of CJNR remain accessible to our readers as before:

    1) Past issues of CJNR from 2003 to December 2015 through ingentaconnect.

    2) Issues from 2002 to 1969 can be accessed through the CJNR digital archive.

    We understand that this is a significant change. Please be confident that all parties are working diligently to make this a seamless transition that will further advance the scope and impact of CJNR.

    Thank you.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Archives
  • Overview / Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more