Thursday, October 11, 2007

Low secure unit shows encouraging results

A study of patients admitted to a low secure unit in South London has shown encouraging results. The study of 33 patients found that the typical patient was a man with a history of violent offences, admitted from an open ward because of aggression. The improvement that the patients had shown while they were on the unit, had, in most cases, been maintained at follow-up and none of the patients had been arrested since their discharge. All the patients were still taking their medication and only five of the patients had been readmitted to hospital.

Akande, Emmanuella, Beer, M. Dominic and Ratnajothy, Kalaanithi - Outcome study of patients exhibiting challenging behaviours four years after discharge from a low secure mental health unit Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care June 2007, 3(1), 21-26

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