Examining the relationship between risk assessment and risk management in mental health
Gilbert, E., Adams, Ann and Buckingham, Christopher D.. (2011) Examining the relationship between risk assessment and risk management in mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Vol.18 (No.10). pp. 862-868. ISSN 1351-0126Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01737.x
Thorough risk assessment helps in developing risk management plans that minimize risks that can impede mental health patients' recovery. Department of Health policy states that risk assessments and risk management plans should be inextricably linked. This paper examines their content and linkage within one Trust. Four inpatient wards for working age adults (18–65 years) in a large mental health Trust in England were included in the study. Completed risk assessment forms, for all patients in each inpatient ward were examined (n= 43), followed by an examination of notes for the same patients. Semi-structured interviews took place with ward nurses (n= 17). Findings show much variability in the amount and detail of risk information collected by nurses, which may be distributed in several places. Gaps in the risk assessment and risk management process are evident, and a disassociation between risk information and risk management plans is often present. Risk information should have a single location so that it can be easily found and updated. Overall, a more integrated approach to risk assessment and management is required, to help patients receive timely and appropriate interventions that can reduce risks such as suicide or harm to others.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 862-868|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Burdett Trust for Nursing|
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