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by Dr Fiona Toal, Professor Paul Mullen and Professor James Ogloff
Last updated: October 2010
This module gives an introduction to the
concept of systematic risk assessment and management within
psychiatry which can be incorporated into daily clinical
We first summarise the epidemiological evidence relating to the
risk of serious violence within populations with major psychiatric
disorder (including the schizophrenias). We then place this in the
context of overall serious violence within the community.
We discuss the risk factors known to be associated with violence
and specifically focus on the dynamic factors that are potentially
modifiable by clinical intervention.
We describe the various tools currently available to clinicians
to assist in risk assessment and explore the potential
benefits and limitations of these tools.
Finally, we summarise the practical interventions that can
assist in managing violence including psychological,
pharmacological and social interventions. Video interview is used
to present some of the information.
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