Journal article

Characteristics and clinical outcomes for mental health patients admitted to a behavioural assessment unit: Implications for model of care and practice

Catherine Daniel, Violet Mukaro, Celene YL Yap, Jonathan C Knott, Peter Kelly, Andrew Innes, George Braitberg, Marie Gerdtz

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Behavioural assessment units (BAU) have been established in emergency departments (EDs) to provide short‐term observation, treatment, and care to people experiencing acute behavioural disturbance. A prospective observational study was conducted in a cohort of adult patients admitted to one BAU located within an ED (July–December 2017) to compare clinical characteristics, treatment outcomes, and use of restrictive interventions for those who received a specialist mental health (MH) assessment with those who did not. Of the 457 patients, 61.5% received a specialist MH assessment. This group had a lower acuity (Australasian Triage Score 10.4%; CI 0.2–2.0% vs 13.6%; CI 9.3–19.5%); more arrived w..

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