Predictive Validity and Psychiatric Nursing Staff's Perception of the Clinical Usefulness of the French Version of the Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression

Université de Montréal, Faculty of Nursing Science.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing 10/2012; 33(10):670-5. DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2012.697254
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This study seeks to evaluate the predictive validity of the French version of the Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression (DASAfr) and psychiatric nurses' perceptions of the clinical usefulness of the scale. The study was conducted in a 12-bed psychiatric intensive care unit in a large adult general psychiatric hospital. We found that the total score on the DASAfr has acceptable predictive accuracy for aggression against others and against staff and for seclusion with restraints; predictive accuracy was poorer for aggression against objects. Moreover, the nurses though the scale would be useful to their practice; and, indeed, the team still uses the DASAfr.

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