Care And Control In Emergency Departments (Ed): Using Research And Clinical Skills To Provide High Quality, Least Restrictive Care To People Presenting With Mental Health Needs And Risk Behaviours.

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Authors: Patrizia Fiorillo

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Acute Services In Community And Hospital, Safety & Quality, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Emergency Departments (ED) are environments that challenge the provision of care to people presenting with mental health needs. Additionally, while violence is an ever-present risk in today’s western societies, it also continues to be behaviour frequently, and often unfairly, ascribed to people who experience mental illness or disorder. Although research shows poor predictor factors in both the dangerous and non-dangerous populations beyond the accuracy attained by the probability of chance, Security services are frequently used as front-line mental health workers in ED. This practice is in keeping with Occupational Health and Safety regulations and, we contend, in direct contradiction to high quality clinical practice that aims at maintaining the dignity and self-respect of people experiencing mental illness or disorder in a least restrictive environment.

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