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More televisions and less noise diffuse aggression on mental health wards

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:622
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Simple, low cost changes to the physical environment of inpatient units for mental health and learning disabilities can improve patients' satisfaction and reduce the risk of violent incidents, says a report.

    Last year, an audit by the Healthcare Commission of the services provided by 265 wards 60 trusts showed high levels of violence and tension in the wards. One in three patients had experienced verbal abuse; threats; or, more rarely, physical assault. The figure rose to 41% for staff on the wards and nearly 80% for nurses. Nearly one fifth (18%) of visitors to the wards also reported violent or threatening behaviour.

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