Risk assessment tool better for detecting violence risk

Less training and less experience were associated with inaccurate violence risk assessments. Experienced psychiatrists were “moderately accurate”, according to the study, which reviewed medical records of 151 patients who had assaulted hospital staff, and 150 controls. Residents completed assessments for 52 patients; the rest were completed by attending psychiatrists.

However, when researchers applied the information from a short, structured risk assessment tool known as the HRC-20-C scale, the residents