Clinicians encounter violent patients in any treatment setting -- from private offices and medical units to psychiatric inpatient units. Written by one of the foremost experts on violence, the second edition of this concise, practical guide provides psychiatry residents, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals with vital information required to manage potentially violent patients. Considerably updated, this book contains current information on psychopharmacology and the management of violent patients, an expanded section on the safety of clinicians, and a new section on how to deal with threats of violence to the clinician. This guide will be especially useful and relevant to psychiatric residents, given the number of violent patients they encounter.
Kenneth Tardiff, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the Payne Whitney Clinic, The New York Hospital -- Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York.
Introduction. Causes of human violence. Clinician safety. Seclusion and restraint. Use of emergency medication. Extended evaluation of violent patients. Long-term medication. Long-term psychotherapy. Behavior therapy. Short-term prediction of violence. Legal issues in the management of violent patients. Index.