Association between characteristics of nursing teams and patients' aggressive behavior in closed psychiatric wards

Paul Doedens, Jentien Vermeulen, Gerben ter Riet, Lindy Lou Boyette, Corine Latour, Lieuwe de Haan

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Abstract

Purpose: 

Estimate the effect of nursing, shift, and patient characteristics on patients' aggression. 

Design and Methods: 

Follow-up study on a closed psychiatric ward was performed to estimate the effect of nursing team characteristics and patient characteristics on the incidence of aggression. 

Findings: 

The incidence of aggression (n = 802 in sample) was lower in teams with >75% male nurses. Teams scoring high on extraversion experienced more verbal aggression and teams scoring high on neuroticism experienced more physical aggression. Younger patients and/or involuntarily admitted patients were more frequently aggressive. 

Practice Implications: 

These findings could stimulate support for nurses to prevent aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2592-2600
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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