A Co-operative Inquiry Into Generating, Describing, and Transforming Knowledge About De-escalation Practices in Mental Health Settings

Lene Lauge Berring, Jan Kåre Hummelvoll, Liselotte Pedersen, Niels Buus

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De-escalation is concerned with managing violent behaviour without resorting to coercive measures. Co-operative Inquiry provided the conceptual basis for generating knowledge regarding de-escalation practices in acute mental health care settings. The research included service users and staff members as co-researchers and knowledge was generated in dynamic research cycles around an extended epistemology of knowing: experiential, presentational, propositional, and practical. Through this process, co-researchers became de-escalation learners, implementing de-escalation practices while transforming violence management. Neighbouring mental health communities’ involvement strengthened the transformation process and assisted in validating the research results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-463
Number of pages13
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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