Volume 7 Supplement 1
De-escalation in mental health care: a review of non-physical conflict management techniques
- Dirk Richter1
© Richter; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 19 December 2007
Until present, conflict management in mental health care relies much on physical techniques. Not surprisingly, research literature on interpersonal de-escalation in medical sciences, social sciences and psychology is rare. This presentation reviews rules and techniques that are applicable to mental health care . Based on empirical data and theoretical models on the emergence of violence in psychiatry, following issues are discussed in detail: stress and anger management of staff, basic de-escalation rules, body language, facial expressions, verbal interventions. It is concluded that de-escalation in mental health care is still in its beginnings.
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.