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Table 3 Categorisation of the documented assessments of patients’ dangerousness towards themselves and others

From: Justifications for coercive care in child and adolescent psychiatry, a content analysis of medical documentation in Sweden

Risk To the patient To others
Mortal danger Positive assessment of risk of suicide and/or the patient had attempted suicide (including suicide threats). Positive assessment of risk of mortal danger to others and/or the patient had recently made an assassination attempt (including making explicit death threats) or committed serious assault.
Risk of harm Positive assessment of risk of self-harm or the patient had recently self-injured. Positive assessment of harm to other person/s and/or the patient had recently harmed somebody else.
Absence of documentation No documentation. No documentation.