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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*
Affiliation:
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
Affiliation:
Head of Clinical Audit, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
David Masterson
Affiliation:
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: dominic.beer@oxleas.nhs.uk
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Abstract

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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Copyright © NAPICU 2008

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