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.

Acute Psychiatric In-Patient Assessment

Acute Psychiatric In-Patient Assessment
Acute psychiatric in-patient assessment

This chapter provides an overview of the assessment process in acute in-patient settings. Often an overlooked area, assessment is a crucial aspect of care as unidentified need, or an inaccurate assessment, may lead to ineffective interventions which can result in longer admission and a greater economic burden for overstretched services. This chapter then offers general details on the main methods of collecting salient information required within acute settings.

There are a number of models available that propose to help clinicians to identify relevant areas of assessment, such as the Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow, 1954; Mathes, 1981) and the Tidal Model (Barker, 2002). However, their true value remains a focus of ongoing debate due to their reliance on conceptual ideologies. ...

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