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
KevinGournay
Introduction

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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