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  • 1.
    Olsson, Helen
    et al.
    Dalarna University.
    Audulv, Åsa
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Strand, Susanne
    Avdelningen för samhällsvetenskap, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall; Sundsvall Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
    Kristiansen, Lisbeth
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Reducing or Increasing Violence in Forensic Care: A Qualitative Study of Inpatient Experiences2015In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, ISSN 0883-9417, E-ISSN 1532-8228, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 393-400Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Semi-structured interviews with 13 forensic psychiatric inpatients that had decreased their assessed risk of violence were analyzed using interpretive description. The main contribution from this study is a detailed description of patients' own strategies to avoid violence. Participants described having an ongoing inner dialog in which they encouraged themselves, thereby increasing their self-esteem and trying to accept their current situation. An unsafe and overcrowded ward with uninterested and nonchalant staff increased the risk of aggressive behavior. In the process of decreasing violence, the patients and the forensic psychiatric nursing staff interacted to create and maintain a safe environment.

  • 2.
    Olsson, Helen
    et al.
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Strand, Susanne
    Avdelningen för samhällsvetenskap, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall; Sundsvall Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Sweden.
    Kristiansen, Lisbeth
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Sjöling, Mats
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Asplund, Kenneth
    Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.
    Decreased risk for violence in patients admitted to forensic care, measured with the HCR-202013In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, ISSN 0883-9417, E-ISSN 1532-8228, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 191-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To explore if patients admitted to forensic psychiatric care decreased their assessed risk for violence over time, to identify patients who decreased their assessed risk for violence exceptionally well (30% or more) on the Clinical (C) and Risk management (R) scales in the (HCR-20), and to compare them in terms of demographic data.

    Methods: The HCR-20 risk assessment instrument was used to assess the risk for violence in 267 patients admitted to a Swedish forensic psychiatric clinic between 1997 and 2010. Their assessments at admission were compared with a second, and most recent, risk assessment.

    Results: The risk for violence decreased over time. Demographic criteria had no impact on differences on decreased risk. Only two factors, namely gender and psychopathy showed a difference. Risk factors associated with stress and lack of personal support were the items that turned out to be the most difficult to reduce.

    Conclusion: The results show that risk prevention in forensic care does work and it is important to continue to work with risk management. The study highlights the importance of a careful analysis of the patient's risk for violence in order to work with the patient's specific risk factors to reduce the risk.

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