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.

Risk Assessment and Management in Acute Mental Health Care

Risk Assessment and Management in Acute Mental Health Care

Risk assessment and management in acute mental health care


Types of Risk

As an area of practice the management of risk in the mental health field has received considerable attention for a decade or so (see, for example, Monahan and Steadman, 1994; Alberg et al., 1996; Moore, 1996; Morgan, 1998; Prins, 1999; Ryan, 1999). The risk management literature is dominated by work on the risks of violence and homicide on the one hand and the management of self-harm and suicide on the other. While this chapter will address these areas it is also worth recognising that these are not the only risks people with mental health needs face and pose. Working with people in an in-patient setting may ...

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