Year: 1997 Source: Nursing Diagnosis, v.8, no.2, (April-June 1997), p.67-77 SIEC No: 20061060

The aim of this study was to identify accurate descriptive terms for risk for violence & risk for suicide & to provide operational definitions for these terms. The Delphi technique, with two rounds, was used to differentiate the operational definitions. The expert panel consisted of 23 healthcare professionals. In addition, a control group participated to assess content validity. 36 definitions were agreed upon for suicide, 39 for violence; these represent the basic distinctions between the two behavioural manifestations. (34 refs.)