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Practitioner 2009;253(1716):12

Substance abusers with mental illness pose high risk of violence

29 Mar 2009Pais-up subscribers

We live in an increasingly violent society. Nearly a third (31%) of GPs in the BMA survey felt violence had increased over the past year whereas only 0.3% felt it had decreased. Although it is important not to stigmatise mental illness, we need to be alert to patient attributes and situations where there is the potential for conflict and take steps to minimise the risk.

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