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Forensic psychiatry

Section edited by Seena Fazel

This section is focused on forensic psychiatry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, general violence, domestic violence, homicide, sex offences, assessment in forensic settings, and general forensic psychiatry.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Because of the potential gravity of finding a person incompetent, assessment of mental capacity is challenging for clinicians. We aimed to test validity of a new structured professional judgement tool designed...

    Authors: Gearoid Moynihan, Ken O’Reilly, Jane O’Connor and Harry G. Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:78

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    Routine outcome measures are increasingly being mandated across mental health services in Australia and overseas. This requirement includes forensic mental health services, but their utility in such specialist...

    Authors: Jonathon Adams, Stuart D. M. Thomas, Tobias Mackinnon and Damien Eggleton

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:35

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    Optimising quality of life (QOL) for service users in a forensic hospital is an important treatment objective. The factors which contribute to QOL in this setting are currently unclear. The aim of this study w...

    Authors: Padraic O’ Flynn, Roisin O’ Regan, Ken O’ Reilly and Harry G Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:16

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    Offenders with personality disorder are supported by health, criminal justice, social care and third sector services. These services are tasked with reducing risk, improving health and improving social outcome...

    Authors: Catriona Connell, Vivek Furtado, Elizabeth A. McKay and Swaran P. Singh

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:368

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Depression is the most common form of mental disorder among inmates, with a prevalence much higher than in the general population. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of depression among inmates and ide...

    Authors: Gambhir Shrestha, Deepak Kumar Yadav, Nidesh Sapkota, Dharanidhar Baral, Birendra Kumar Yadav, Avaniendra Chakravartty and Paras Kumar Pokharel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:348

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The biological underpinnings of serious violent behaviors in patients with schizophrenia remain unclear. The aim of this study was to identify the characteristics of brain morphometry in patients with schizoph...

    Authors: Noriomi Kuroki, Hiroko Kashiwagi, Miho Ota, Masanori Ishikawa, Hiroshi Kunugi, Noriko Sato, Naotsugu Hirabayashi and Toshio Ota

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:105

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:136

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    Offenders with mental disorders constitute a particularly exposed group in society, with high rates of morbidity, mortality, and social deprivation. Often thought of primarily as perpetrators, these individual...

    Authors: Mats Persson, Henrik Belfrage and Marianne Kristiansson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:91

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    Previous studies have investigated factors associated with outcome at Mental Health Review Tribunals (MHRTs) in forensic psychiatric patients; however, dynamic variables such as treatment compliance and substa...

    Authors: Amelia Jewell, Kimberlie Dean, Tom Fahy and Alexis E. Cullen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:25

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    Mental illness is highly prevalent among prisoners. Although psychotropic medicines can ameliorate symptoms of mental illness, prescribers in prisons must balance clinical needs against risks to safety and sec...

    Authors: Lamiece Hassan, Jane Senior, Roger T. Webb, Martin Frisher, Mary P. Tully, David While and Jenny J. Shaw

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:346

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    There is a lack of research in forensic settings examining therapeutic relationships. A structured communication approach, placing patients’ perspectives at the heart of discussions about their care, was used ...

    Authors: Douglas MacInnes, Catherine Kinane, Janet Parrott, Jacqueline Mansfield, Tom Craig, Sandra Eldridge, Ian Marsh, Claire Chan, Natalia Hounsome, George Harrison and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:335

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Despite the high prevalence rate of mental health problems among young prisoners, little is known about the longitudinal course and covariates of their mental health symptoms during incarceration, especially t...

    Authors: Leonel C. Gonçalves, Jérôme Endrass, Astrid Rossegger and Anja J. E. Dirkzwager

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:91

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    The high prevalence of serious mental illness (SMI) in prisons remains a challenge for mental health services. Many prisoners with SMI do not receive care. Screening tools have been developed but better detect...

    Authors: Krishna Pillai, Paul Rouse, Brian McKenna, Jeremy Skipworth, James Cavney, Rees Tapsell, Alexander Simpson and Dominic Madell

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:9

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    Patients admitted to a secure forensic hospital are at risk of a long hospital stay. Forensic hospital beds are a scarce and expensive resource and ability to identify the factors predicting length of stay at ...

    Authors: Mary Davoren, Orla Byrne, Paul O’Connell, Helen O’Neill, Ken O’Reilly and Harry G. Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:301

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    The relationship between mental illness and violent crime is complex because of the involvement of many other confounding risk factors. In the present study, we analysed psychiatric and neurological disorders ...

    Authors: Tomas Moberg, Marlene Stenbacka, Anders Tengström, Erik G. Jönsson, Peter Nordström and Jussi Jokinen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:299

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    Few studies have investigated absconding from forensic hospitals and there are no published studies of interventions aimed at reducing these incidents in forensic settings. We present a study of the impact of ...

    Authors: Alexander I F Simpson, Stephanie R Penney, Stephanie Fernane and Treena Wilkie

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:103

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric expert opinions are supposed to assess the accused individual’s risk of reoffending based on a valid scientific foundation. In contrast to specific recidivism, general recidivism has only been poor...

    Authors: Marlon O Pflueger, Irina Franke, Marc Graf and Henning Hachtel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:62

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    Detention in a secure forensic psychiatric hospital may inhibit engagement and recovery. Having validated the clinician rated DUNDRUM-3 (programme completion) and DUNDRUM-4 (recovery) in a forensic hospital, w...

    Authors: Mary Davoren, Sarah Hennessy, Catherine Conway, Seamus Marrinan, Pauline Gill and Harry G Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:61

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Psychopathy, a severe disorder of personality, is well represented in the criminal and forensic psychiatric population and is significantly associated with increased risk of violence and crime. Fire-setting is...

    Authors: Annika Thomson, Jari Tiihonen, Jouko Miettunen, Eila Sailas, Matti Virkkunen and Nina Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:44

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