In the second of two articles, John Baker and colleagues provide an update on the interventions staff use to limit the potential harm to service users that can arise in such settings
Clients in acute mental health wards are at risk of weight gain associated with antipsychotic treatment, other adverse effects of medication, trauma associated with seclusion and restraint, and threats or assaults by others. Managing these risks is based on improving physical health, refining medication, reviewing ward culture and reducing incidents of conflict, violence, seclusion and restraint by behavioural interventions. Adequate training is essential, and research into outcomes is urgently needed.
Mental Health Practice. 18, 1, 21-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp.18.1.21.e884Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 03 May 2013
Accepted: 04 December 2013
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