Assessing the needs of patients in secure settings: A multi-disciplinary approach

P Pierzchniak, Frank Farnham, N De Taranto, D Bull, P Bester, A McCallum, Harry Kennedy, Harpreet Gill

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Abstract / Description of output

The mental health service needs of all North London patients in medium (N = 97) and maximum security (N = 79) were assessed. Patients and key nurses were interviewed using validated measures and, for patients in maximum security, the respective responsible medical officers (RMOs) also completed a standard enquiry form. Multi-disciplinary panels from the catchment areas then rated immediate and future needs for security and treatment. Unlike previous studies, we found only 25% of patients ready for an immediate move to lower security and a greater disparity between those thought ready for discharge by their Special Hospital RMO and those thought ready for discharge by the local panels. We identified a particular unmet need for long-term, 24-hour, nurse-staffed accommodation, rather than long-term medium security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-354
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1999

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • needs assessment
  • medium security
  • maximum security
  • Jarman Underprivilege Index


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