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posted on 2023-01-23, 04:29 authored by E Muir-Cochrane, Adam GeraceAdam Gerace, K Mosel, D O'Kane, P Barkway, D Curren, C Oster
Risk assessment and management is a major component of contemporary mental health practice. Risk assessment in health care exists within contemporary perspectives of management and risk aversive practices in health care. This has led to much discussion about the best approach to assessing possible risks posed by people with mental health problems. In addition, researchers and commentators have expressed concern that clinical practice is being dominated by managerial models of risk management at the expense of meeting the patient's health and social care needs. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the risk assessment practices of a multidisciplinary mental health service. Findings indicate that mental health professionals draw on both managerial and therapeutic approaches to risk management, integrating these approaches into their clinical practice. Rather than being dominated by managerial concerns regarding risk, the participants demonstrate professional autonomy and concern for the needs of their clients. © 2011 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

32

Issue

12

Start Page

726

End Page

734

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Additional Rights

Copyright © 2011 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Flinders University; Adelaide Metropolitan Mental Health Directorate

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Issues in Mental Health Nursing