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We examined forensic review board decisions over time among 89 men admitted to a high-security forensic hospital. Review boards were more likely to require men to stay under high-security if they committed assaults in the hospital. We measured changes over time in men's clinical presentation and in-hospital behavior. Review boards were sensitive to these changes.
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Why is it important?
It is important to look at how review boards make decisions about detaining individuals in custody, because the forensic system is intended to allow individuals to move to lower custody to reflect changes in their recovery. This is one of the first longitudinal studies following a small cohort of men in forensic custody.
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This page is a summary of: The influence of changes in clinical factors on high‐security forensic custody dispositions, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, April 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2569.
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Forensic Mental Health Service Research Lab
Most researchers about individuals in forensic psychiatric care focuses on patient deficits and criminal offending. In contrast, my research examines their adjustment, physical health, treatment needs, and progress. I look for ways to help identify individuals who can benefit from extra support, and tools to help clinicians do this. This lab follows a cohort of 638 men admitted to forensic psychiatry, through their documented experiences and events.
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