Assessment of risk and special observations in mental health practice: A comparison of forensic and non-forensic settings
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis article discusses research into the use of special observations in both forensic and non-forensic psychiatric settings. A comparative approach was adopted to establish if the perceived risk factors leading to the adoption of special observations were similar in both settings. Three groups of nursing staff were requested to assess 30 patients who were placed on special observations. Before this, nurses were requested to rate the risk factors in terms of their severity on a 7-point Likert scale. The rank-ordering analysis revealed a similarity of identified risk factors and anova (one-way, unrelated) and the Jonckheere Trend Test revealed that there were significant differences between the scores in the forensic and the non-forensic settings.
CitationInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2006, 15(4), pp. 235-241
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SponsorsThis article was submitted to the RAE2008 for the University of Chester - Social Work and Social Policy & Administration.