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Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines for violence risk assessment in mental health triage : a systematic review

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Natisha SandsNatisha Sands, M Gerdtz, S Elsom
Background : On a global level, there is a growing trend to utilise mental health triage service systems as a way of providing consumers with access to 24 hour mental health care. At present, violence risk assessment in mental health triage lacks a suitable evidence base and clear guidelines. This presentation provides an overview of a Clinical Practice Guideline for violence risk assessment at point of entry to health services.
Aims : The objective of this study was to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for violence risk assessment in mental health triage, and to pilot test the Clinical Guidelines in two major hospitals in Melbourne.
Method : The method employed in the study was a systematic review, as per the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council’s methodology for developing Clinical Guidelines. Research was conducted at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Alfred Hospital to establish the utility of the Guideline in practice.
Results : The systematic review established the highest level of evidence for violence risk assessment. Clinical Practice Guidelines for mental health triage were developed from these findings.
Conclusions : Evidence based Clinical Guidelines maximise the potential for creating safer outcomes for consumers, families/carers, and health care workers.

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Event

International Congress on Law and Mental Health / Congrès International de Droit et de Santé Mentale (31st : 2009 : New York, N.Y.)

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30 - 30

Publisher

International Academy of Law and Mental Health

Location

New York, N.Y.

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

Start date

2009-06-28

End date

2009-07-03

Language

eng

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E3.1 Extract of paper

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2009, International Academy of Law and Mental Health

Title of proceedings

IALMH 2009 : Abstracts of the XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health / 31ième Congrès International de Droit et de Santé Mentale

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