A systematic mixed studies review and framework synthesis of mental health professionals’ experiences of violence risk assessment and management in forensic mental health settings

Rebecca O'Dowd*, Miriam H. Cohen, Ethel Quayle

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Abstract

Violence risk assessment and management is at the forefront of the work of mental health professionals in forensic mental health settings. Staff working in these settings are presented with many challenges. This review explores how mental health professionals working in forensic mental health settings experience the violence risk assessment and management process. A systematic mixed studies review utilizing PRISMA guidelines was conducted. Sixteen studies were identified for inclusion. Data from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies were analyzed together using a data-based convergent synthesis design. Using a best-fit framework synthesis approach, existing data was built upon to allow for a comprehensive qualitative overview of mental health professionals’ experiences. The themes which emerged were: The Patient as a Person; The Caring Relationship; Multidisciplinary Working; and Reliance on Clinical Intuition. Results, clinical implications, and future research directions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice
Early online date17 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • risk assessment
  • risk management
  • forensic mental health
  • mental health professional

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