Patient aggression: a serious issue requiring a dedicated organisational response

McDermott, Brett (2012) Patient aggression: a serious issue requiring a dedicated organisational response. Medical Journal of Australia, 196 (3). pp. 154-155.

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[Extract] Hopper and colleagues describe a scenario familiar to many hospital clinicians and managers: staff reports of verbal abuse and physical assaults from patients. This is often in an organisational context of scarce reliable data about the phenomenon, an ad-hoc management response and no specific training of staff to manage aggression. Aggression is not defined in the Hopper et al article but it is useful to remember that it is a broad term, inclusive of behaviour that is destructive to self, others and property. As with many other behaviours, a therapeutic framework can be applied to aggression. The origin of aggression in children and adolescents is often a developmental failure to regulate impulsivity and behaviour following prejudicial early-life experiences, including exposure to coercive parenting. Aggression is often a feature of a developmental or mental health disorder.

Item ID: 44545
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 01:07
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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