Incidence of Violence in Acute Psychiatry Wards

HC Chou

1997 Vol.13 NO.2

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Psychiatric patients have been for a long time branded symbols of danger and shame and either left alone in dark corners or confined to institutions. Occasional violence of patients under the influence of diseases is often played up by the media and the patients are blamed. Thus far, there are no ways to predict violent behavior. It is a time bomb to the patients and makes the return of patients to the normal society more difficult. This and other difficulties in psychiatric medicine hinder the development of preventive mental health programs in the community. This study intends to understand the incidence of violence in acute psychiatric wards and its related risk factors.