Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 October 2021
Inpatient aggression within psychiatric facilities continues to demand attention. Aggressive acts often cause physical or psychological injury that impact the lives of the patients or staff victims of these incidents. However, it should be noted that the vast majority of psychiatric patients are not aggressive while hospitalized. Studies on inpatient aggression showed approximately 25%–35% of inpatients committed acts of aggression. For those inpatients who are aggressive, there is a substantial literature that that describes a small subset of “chronically aggressive” patients, who are responsible for the majority of inpatient aggression.