A review of recent academic literature on the characteristics of patients in British special hospitals

Paul Williams, Doug Badger, Jean Nursten, Mark Woodward

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Abstract

Background: As part of a systematic search for literature on the epidemiology of mentally disordered offenders, academic papers published between 1989 and 1998 were identified which relate to the characteristics of patients in the four British special hospitals: Broadmoor, Rampton and Ashworth Hospitals in England and the state hospital at Carstairs in Scotland. Aims/method: This literature is analysed to provide summaries of findings on prevalence, demographic characteristics, legal categories, psychiatric diagnoses, offences, histories, behaviour within the special hospitals, security needs, and discharge records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-314
Number of pages19
JournalCriminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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