Studies Reveal Residents In British Institutions Face Violent
Behaviors And Inadequate Therapies
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 27, 2005
LONDON, ENGLAND--A Healthcare Commission study released Tuesday showed that violence is relatively common at British in-patient facilities housing people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
The watchdog group submitted 6,500 questionnaires through 265 mental health and learning disability units in England and Wales. The respondents included 1,500 service users.
The audit showed that one-third of patients have faced violent of threatening behavior, ranging from verbal aggression to the use of a weapon to threaten or attack. Forty-one percent of clinical staff, 78 percent of nursing staff, and 18 percent of visitors also experienced such behavior.
On Wednesday, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health published its "Acute Care 2004" report, in which it revealed that poor staffing levels at psychiatric units in England are causing remaining staff to rely on medication to control patients' behaviors.
The SCMH study showed that only one-fifth of facilities included treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy. Many patients indicated they had received no therapy while at in-patient units.
"Press release: Study reveals high levels of violence in mental health and learning disability units" (Healthcare Commission)
"Report: Violence in mental health settings" (Healthcare Commission)
Mentally ill 'sedated due to staff shortages' (The Guardian)
"Briefing Paper: Acute Care 2004" (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health)
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