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Continuity of forensic care, Factors for discharge of forensic psychiatric patients within domains mental health and problem behaviour

Boer, A. (2021) Continuity of forensic care, Factors for discharge of forensic psychiatric patients within domains mental health and problem behaviour.

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Abstract:Background: Discontinuity of the care is a fundamental issue within forensic mental health care, early discharge planning is an important measure to solve this problem. This study aimed to identify factors for discharge in the domains mental health and problem behaviour, to contribute to a guide for discharge planning. Methods: semi-structured interviews were conducted with four clinicians and one mental health professional to lay the groundwork for discharge criteria within the mentioned domains. Interviews were thematically analyzed and coded using an inductive approach. Results: The identified factors in order of importance, are risk assessment, recognition problem behaviour, motivation of patient, unacceptable behaviour, self-reliance and skills, treatment adherence and substance use. Conclusion: This study is a first step into identifying criteria for discharge concerning domains mental health and problem behaviour. Future research should further specify the found factors into criteria and investigate the variations in the different facilities and security levels. Risk assessment for discharge planning was mentioned as one of the most important criteria. Furthermore, it was found not all factors could be measured systematically, it is thought forensic vigilance plays an important role in the assessment of criteria. This topic and its influence on the assessment of the criteria, should be further researched.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85832
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