Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Antecedent, Behaviour and Consequence (ABC) Charting Tool

  • All individuals admitted to a facility should be assessed as soon as possible for violence risk, history of trauma and substance abuse so that nurses can work in partnership with the interprofessional team and client/family/SDM to develop a crisis prevention plan.
  • Example of how to identify and document precipitating factors, trends in behaviours and effective client preferred preferences.

Date and Time of Day

Antecedent (is there a trigger?)

Behaviour (description)

Consequence (what was the response?





















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