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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-134

Nursing management of patients with violent behaviour

1 Reader, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Former Junior Lecturer, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Mrs. Jeeva Sebastian
Reader, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 0.4103/IJCN.IJCN_129_20

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Violence means the behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage or kill someone or destroy something. Violence is a part of the national mythology. Generally, if something or someone has been harmed, then it is regarded as violence. Violence seen among patients in acute psychiatric setup imposes a greater risk on the staff, other patients as well as the treatment process. Certain psychiatric illnesses such as personality disorders and substance dependence are highly associated with violent behaviour in those patients. Care of such patients and family requires collaboration with various members of the health team. Nurses can play a pivotal role in identifying early warning signs, assessing the risk and in mitigating and managing violent behaviours and situations. The nursing management of a patient with violent behaviour in a mental health facility is discussed in this article.

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