Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(2) July 2015 : 31-34.doi:10.12927/hcq.2015.24302
Special Focus On Preventing Violence In The Workplace

Managing Responsive Behaviours: A Wicked Problem Addressed through a Grassroots Approach

Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Steven Friesen, Lynne Moulton, Tamara Germani, Maxi Miciak, Jasneet Parmar and Laura G. Rogers

Abstract

Challenging responsive behaviours, such as aggression, wandering and social inappropriateness, exhibited by persons with neurological, mental health or developmental disorders are of increasing concern across Canada. These behaviours can cause distress or catastrophic outcomes for the person, others in care, caregivers and healthcare providers, and result in extensive resource utilization. The objective of this paper is to discuss the role and impact of a unique, grassroots provincial initiative aimed at networking among healthcare providers, decision-makers and caregivers across government ministries and service-provider agencies. This collaboration provides a model for informing service provision and policy development across multiple stakeholders.

 

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