What is it about?
Most men undergoing psychiatric assessment for the courts qualified for a joint diagnosis of metal illness and substance use disorders. But diagnoses were missed in two thirds of cases, even though the information was available in their medical files.
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Why is it important?
Substance use contributes to criminal offending. Failure to diagnose means these men may not be flagged for the treatment they need to reduce their substance use and related criminal offending.
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This page is a summary of: Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Canadian Forensic Inpatients: Underdiagnosis and Implications for Treatment Planning, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, April 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2018.1451416.
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