Study: Low cost interventions can improve patient and staff safety in mental health wards

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Study: Low cost interventions can improve patient and staff safety in mental health wards

A recent study, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, reveals a set of ten low-cost interventions that can increase safety on psychiatric wards. This Safewards Model reduces aggression, self-harm and other risky behaviours by 15% and reduces coercive control, such as restraint, by 24%.

The study stems from a 20-year research program led by Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Len Bowers, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

The study reveals that, by using a set of ten small, low cost, Safewards interventions aimed at increase staff skills and improve relationships with patients, conflict and containment rates fall significantly; unpleasant forms of coercion are reduced, making psychiatric wards more peaceful places where both patients and nurses feel safer. "Overall, less time wasted on containment and conflict management means more time can be devoted to the nursing care and support of patients," said Professor Bowers.

Study: Low cost interventions can improve patient and staff safety in mental health wards - Medical News Today