Brief interventions to de-escalate disturbances in emergency departments

Karen Leigh Edward, Jo Ann Giandinoto, Tracey J Weiland, Jennie Hutton, Sarah Reel

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This study aimed to systematically review evidence to assess the efficacy of non-pharmacological brief interventions in the emergency department to reduce the incidence, severity and impact of acute behavioural disturbances. The literature search was conducted in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. A total of 18 articles were identified as meeting the inclusion criteria and read in full. Following a full read and a consensus discussion, it was subsequently considered the studies chosen had not met the inclusion criteria. Research into the use of non-pharmacological brief interventions in the management of acute behavioural disturbance in the emergency department is warranted given the absence of evidence found by this systematic review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-327
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018


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