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The prediction of violence in a health care setting

  • Richard Whittington
  • Til Wykes

Abstract

One of the most important ways of tackling the problem of violence to health service staff is to improve our ability to predict when such violence is likely to occur. The health care professional is faced with a continuous stream of new patients or clients and staff need to know with some degree of accuracy which, if any, of these patients is likely to assault them during their period of contact. Currently such judgements are often based on clinical intuition and may be more or less accurate but there is growing evidence that more objective information could aid our predictions of violent behaviour.

Keywords

Violent Behaviour Health Care Setting Verbal Aggression Community Psychiatry Health Care Staff 
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  • Til Wykes

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