Characteristics and needs of long-stay forensic psychiatric inpatients: a rapid review of the literature

Huband, Nick and Furtado, Vivek and Schel, Sandra and Eckert, Mareike and Cheung, Natalie and Bulten, Erik and Völlm, Birgit (2018) Characteristics and needs of long-stay forensic psychiatric inpatients: a rapid review of the literature. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 17 (1). pp. 45-60. ISSN 1932-9903

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This rapid review summarises currently available information on the definition, prevalence, characteristics and needs of long-stay patients within forensic psychiatric settings. Sixty nine documents from 14 countries were identified. Reports on what constitutes ‘long-stay’ and on the characteristics of long-stay patients were inconsistent. Factors most frequently associated with longer stay were seriousness of index offence, history of psychiatric treatment; cognitive deficit, severity of illness, diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychotic disorder, history of violence, and history of substance misuse. Although some countries are developing specific long-stay services, there is presently no consensus on what might constitute ‘best practice’ in such settings.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health on 15 January 2018, available online:
Keywords: Forensic psychiatry; Length of stay; Long-stay patients; Mentally disordered offenders; Patients’ needs
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 18:58

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