Psychiatr Serv 2021 Sep 15:appips202000297. Epub 2021 Sep 15.
Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Mistler, Friedman); New Hampshire Hospital, Concord (Mistler); National Center for PTSD, White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont (Friedman).
Objective: Violence by patients against inpatient psychiatric unit staff is common, causing considerable suffering. Despite the Joint Commission's 2018 requirement for behavioral health organizations to use standardized instruments, no identified gold standard measures of violence and aggression exist. Therefore, accurate data are lacking on the frequency of patient-to-staff violence to guide development of safer institutional clinical policies or to assess the impact of targeted interventions to reduce violence. Read More