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Assaults on staff by psychiatric patients in community residences
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • William H. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Andrew P. Walker, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Karolina Kolodziej
  • Michael J. Spillane, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
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Department of Psychiatry
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Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Community Mental Health Services; Female; Health Personnel; Humans; Institutionalization; Male; Massachusetts; Mental Disorders; Middle Aged; *Professional-Patient Relations; Residential Facilities; Retrospective Studies; Violence
The study examined assaultive behavior directed toward staff of community-based residential facilities by patients who had been discharged to these facilities from Massachusetts state psychiatric hospitals in the early 1990s. Observed rates of assault declined by 61 percent over a six-and-a-half-year period. Early in the study period, male patients were more likely than female patients to be assaultive, but men and women had similar rates of assaultiveness later in the study period, after they had been in residential placements for several years. The most common diagnosis among assaultive patients was schizophrenia.
Psychiatr Serv. 2000 Jan;51(1):111-3.
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Raymond B. Flannery, William H. Fisher, Andrew P. Walker, Karolina Kolodziej, et al.. "Assaults on staff by psychiatric patients in community residences" Vol. 51 Iss. 1 (2000) ISSN: 1075-2730 (Linking)
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