A Co-operative Inquiry Into Generating, Describing, and Transforming Knowledge About De-escalation Practices in Mental Health Settings

Lene Lauge Berring, J. K. Hummelvoll, Liselotte Pedersen, Niels Buus

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Abstract

De-escalation is concerned with managing violent behaviour without resorting to coercive measures. Co-operative Inquiry provided the conceptual basis for generating knowledge regarding de-escalation practices in acute mental health care settings. The research included service users and staff members as co-researchers and knowledge was generated in dynamic research cycles around an extended epistemology of knowing: experiential, presentational, propositional, and practical. Through this process, co-researchers became de-escalation learners, implementing de-escalation practices while transforming violence management. Neighbouring mental health communities’ involvement strengthened the transformation process and assisted in validating the research results.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume37
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)451-463
Number of pages13
ISSN0161-2840
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Aggression/psychology
  • Clinical Competence
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders/nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing/education
  • Violence/prevention & control

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