Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in In-Patient Care
Cognitive behaviour therapy in in-patient care

As the reader may know, the author of this chapter led the research team, which provided the underpinning work for the report Addressing Acute Concerns (SNMAC, 1999). Following a sounding board event, the research team carried out a literature review and policy analysis and followed that up with specific work on management of violence and observation. During the course of the work, it became clear that there was a dearth of evidence-based therapeutic interventions provided to patients in in-patient environments. Overall, our work painted a picture of services which provided a reasonable degree of safety and asylum, but very little by way of therapeutic interventions. The picture obtained by the research team in the ...

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