Nurses' attitudes towards aggressive behaviour, following attendance at 'The Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour Programme'.
The issue of aggression and violence is current in society. Recent reports indicate that this is not just an issue for society at large, but also for its organizations and institutions. The health care industry is not exception in this regard. Nursing, among other disciplines, has focused an increasing amount of attention on this problem for its members. This is evidenced by the increasing amount of literature on the topic. One feature of this writing is the study of programmes designed to train professionals in techniques to prevent and manage aggression and violence. To date, little attention has been paid to the evaluation of such programmes. In these times of economic difficulty, this position cannot be supported. This paper describes the study of one such educational programme. In this case the evaluation focused on the study of attitude change in participants following attendance at 'The Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour Programme'. Although the indications are that the programme had a positive effect on attitudes, the author concludes that further study is required to illuminate the statistical significance of this positivity.