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A third of men and 15% of women discharged from medium secure forensic psychiatry services in the UK re-offend

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How common is reconviction following discharge from medium secure psychiatry services and do any factors predict re-offence?

Coid J, Hickey N, Kahtan N, et al. Patients discharged from medium secure forensic psychiatry services: reconvictions and risk factors. Br J Psychiatry 2007;190:223–9.


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Cohort study.

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Medium secure forensic psychiatry services in 7 of 14 regional health authorities in the UK; all admissions between 1989 and 1993.

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1344 people initially admitted to medium secure forensic psychiatry services (in 7 of the 14 regional health authorities) in the UK and later released into the community. People admitted to these services but then placed in private sector or other National Health Service secure units were also included. The majority (60%) had been admitted with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder. Other primary diagnoses included personality disorder (14%), depression (7%), and mania (8%). Most people had a comorbid diagnosis …

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  • Source of funding: The Wellcome Trust.


  • Competing interests: None.