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Aggression in brain injury patients requires 'tailored interventions'

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Nearly half of patients with acquired brain injury demonstrate aggressive behaviour, according to Dutch researchers at Inholland University of Applied Sciences.

They recorded 388 incidents over 17 weeks in a neuropsychiatric ward.

Of 57 patients, 24 engaged in aggressive behaviour on one or more occasion.

The authors said most incidents occurred at “times of high contact intensity” between patients and nursing staff, and suggest individually tailored interventions may help.

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