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consensus project, patient focus group, violence



  1. Lanza, Marilyn Lewis DNSc, ARNP, CS, FAAN
  2. Ericsson, Albert MSN, RN, CNA


Clinical practice guidelines are designed for use with consumers. However, consumers are rarely consulted about their development. This paper describes a research project to develop clinical practice guidelines for a community meeting to prevent and intervene with assaultive behavior. The research included consumer input from psychiatric inpatients. The two-phase approach with the consumers included a focus group, followed by survey research. Results, problems, and recommendations are presented.