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Risk 

Chapter:
Risk
Author(s):

Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, and Patrick Callaghan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0006
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date: 05 May 2021

Risk is concerned with the probability of behaviour occurring that may be beneficial or harmful to self or others. This chapter is concerned with risk assessment, which is an approach that seeks to identify the likelihood and impact of harmful behaviour in mental healthcare, and risk management, which is concerned with interventions that seek to minimize or, where possible, eliminate risk. Common areas where harmful behaviour may arise are discussed, and the key factors in assessing and managing risk in each area are described. The chapter also examines the prevalence of harmful behaviour, and its consequences and impact on people’s health and well-being. The information that is presented aims to equip mental health nurses to be better able to identify risk, contribute to reductions in the prevalence of harmful behaviour, and manage it effectively where it occurs.

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