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Ethnic group and other characteristics of patients referred to a low secure mental health service

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 2008

M Dominic Beer*
Consultant Psychiatrist in Challenging Behaviour and Psychiatric Intensive Care, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in South East London and Honorary Senior Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry, University of London
Jane Moore
Head of Clinical Audit, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
David Masterson
Clinical Audit Facilitator, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Correspondence to: M Dominic Beer, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Bracton Centre, Bracton Lane, Dartford, Kent DA2 7AF; E-mail:
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This longitudinal audit aimed to determine the ethnic groups and other characteristics of patients referred to a Low Secure Unit in South East London over a period of 9 years between 1997 and 2005. The data provide a picture of the characteristics of those most likely to be referred to a Low Secure Unit, and highlights an over-representation of Black Caribbean and Black African people. Discussion is provided for this latter finding.

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