He did what? Well that wasn't handed over! Communicating risk in mental health

Millar, R. and Sands, N. 2013, He did what? Well that wasn't handed over! Communicating risk in mental health, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 345-354, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01948.x.

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Title He did what? Well that wasn't handed over! Communicating risk in mental health
Alternative title 'He did what? Well that wasn't handed over!' Communicating risk in mental health
Author(s) Millar, R.
Sands, N.
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 345
End page 354
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 1351-0126
Keyword(s) risk management
communicating risk
mental health
evidenced based practice
Summary Mental health inpatient units are dynamic, complex environments that provide care for patients with heterogeneous ages, diagnoses and levels of acuity. These environments commonly expose clinicians and patients to many potential risks. Despite extensive research into risk assessment, prediction and management, no study has investigated how risk information is communicated at handover in acute mental health settings. Given the pivotal role handover plays in informing risk management, this evidence gap is significant. This paper reports on a study that investigated the practices of communicating risk at handover in an Australian acute mental health inpatient unit. The aim of this research was to identify the frequency and type of risk information communicated between nursing shifts, and the methods by which this communication was performed. A secondary aim was to identify effective and ineffective risk communication practices. This study involved an observational design method using a 14-item Clinical Audit Tool derived from handover principles outlined by World Health Organization. Five hundred occasions of patient handover were observed. Few risk information items were observed to be communicated in any method. Risk communication practice was inconsistent, and a key recommendation from the study is the use of standardized handover tools that ensures risk information is adequately reported.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01948.x
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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