Factors affecting length of stay in forensic hospital setting: need for therapeutic security and course of admission.
KeywordsFORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH
LENGTH OF STAY
Local subject classificationTHERAPEUTIC SECURITY
Length of Stay
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CitationFactors affecting length of stay in forensic hospital setting: need for therapeutic security and course of admission. 2015, 15:301 BMC Psychiatry
AbstractPatients 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 time of admission would be beneficial. The DUNDRUM-1 triage security scale and DUNDRUM-2 triage urgency scale are designed to assess need for therapeutic security and urgency of that need while the HCR-20 predicts risk of violence. We hypothesized that items on the DUNDRUM-1 and DUNDRUM-2 scales, rated at the time of pre-admission assessment, would predict length of stay in a medium secure forensic hospital setting.
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