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Violence within mental health services: how to enhance risk management

Authors O'Rourke M, Wrigley C, Hammond S

Received 10 November 2017

Accepted for publication 1 May 2018

Published 12 September 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 159—167

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S131834

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Kent Rondeau


Margaret O’Rourke,1 Conal Wrigley,2 Sean Hammond3

1School of Medicine, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; 2INFANT Research Group University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; 3School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Abstract: This paper aims to present best practice in risk management within mental health services. Its purpose is to explore the prevalence of violence within mental health services, to examine the nature of risk, highlight lessons learned and guidance published on safer services, and to identify ways to enhance risk management in mental health care. We reflect on current health care practices in the UK, England and Wales, and Ireland and refer to research and practice from other jurisdictions internationally where it exists.

Keywords: violence, mental health, risk management, best practice

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