A review of articles and reports pertaining to violence and aggression in in-patient settings finds that limiting patients’ freedoms is the most frequent antecedent of violent incidents. The review will be published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. This review follows a study published by the same principle authors in Psychiatric Services earlier this year, finding that in 16 acute inpatient psychiatric wards followed for two years, negative staff morale and staffing changes increased the likelihood of conflict. An interview with one of the authors appears in Mental Healthy.
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