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National directives on managing 'violent' patients: a critique

Until relatively recently, the incidence and nature of patient aggression and violence in health care has been a neglected area of investigation. Literature on the subject has expanded since the 1980s and to date over 1,500 papers have been published (Duxbury, 2002). It is clear that there are concerns about escalating levels of patient violence towards nurses. As a result, there has been extensive research looking at the problem of patients in a multitude of health care settings who ...

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