Understanding the arousal of anger: a patient-centred approach
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Understanding the arousal of anger: a patient-centred approach

Helen Hollinworth Senior teaching practitioner, Faculty of Health, Suffolk College, Ipswich
Charlotte Clark Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Suffolk College, Ipswich
Rowena Harland Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Suffolk College, Ipswich
Linda Johnson Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Suffolk College, Ipswich
Gareth Partington Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Suffolk College, Ipswich

The aim of this article is to enable reflection on practice by exploring a nurse-patient scenario and identifying what factors trigger anger and aggressive behaviour. It recommends strategies that can be used to tackle anger among patients, and emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Anger management, which usually refers to cognitive behavioural therapy designed to enable people to manage anger, is not explored.

Nursing Standard. 19, 37,41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.05.19.37.41.c3875

Correspondence

helenhollinworth@suffolk.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review