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Evaluating the impact of an electronic application of the dynamic appraisal of situational aggression with an embedded aggression prevention protocol on aggression and restrictive interventions on a forensic mental health unit

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posted on 2019-10-01, 00:00 authored by T Maguire, M Daffern, Steve BoweSteve Bowe, B McKenna
Risk assessment is a pre-requisite for violence prevention in mental health settings. Extant research concerning risk assessment and nursing intervention is limited and has focused on the predictive validity of various risk assessment approaches and instruments, with few attempts to elucidate and test interventions that might prevent aggression, and reduce reliance on coercive interventions. The integration of risk assessment and violence prevention strategies has been neglected. The aim of this feasibility study was to test a novel Aggression Prevention Protocol designed to prioritize the instigation of less restrictive interventions on an acute forensic mental health unit for female patients. A prospective quasi-experimental study was designed to test an Aggression Prevention Protocol, linked to an electronic application of the Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression (DASA). Following introduction of the DASA and Aggression Prevention Protocol, there were reductions in verbal aggression, administration of Pro Re Nata medication, the rate of seclusion, and physical and mechanical restraint. There was also an increase in documented nursing interventions. Overall, these results support further testing of the electronic application of the DASA and the Aggression Prevention Protocol.

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Journal

International journal of mental health nursing

Volume

28

Pagination

1186-1197

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1445-8330

eISSN

1447-0349

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

Issue

5

Publisher

Wiley

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