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Mortality among mentally disordered offenders: a community based follow-up study
Psychiatric Research Centre, University Hospital, Örebro.
Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, stockholm.
2005 (English)In: CBMH. Criminal behaviour and mental health, ISSN 0957-9664, E-ISSN 1471-2857, Vol. 15, no 2, 93-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Follow-up information about outcome for hospitalized mentally disordered offenders (MDO) is necessary for evaluation and improvement in quality of forensic psychiatric care.

Aim: A study was undertaken to estimate the standard mortality rate (SMR) of a population based sample of people sentenced to forensic psychiatric care.

Method: All MDOs in Orebro County, Sweden, discharged from a forensic psychiatric treatment unit between 1992 and 1999 were identified (n = 46). The variables were gender, age, offence, diagnosis and duration of admission. Case linkage was made with the National Cause-of-Death register. Median follow-up time was 53 months (0-93).

Results: The sample yielded a significantly elevated SMR 13.4 (95% CI 4.35-31.3) times higher than that in the general population, mostly due to suicide.

Conclusion: The cohort size is small but representative, and it provides data from an additional country for the growing international pool confirming the high risk of premature, generally self-inflicted death among MDOs. Resettlement and rehabilitation services for them may need to take as much account of mortality risk as that of re-offending.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Vol. 15, no 2, 93-6 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Psychiatry
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44480DOI: 10.1002/cbm.41PubMedID: 16470503Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-24044443588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44480DiVA: diva2:808072
Available from: 2015-04-27 Created: 2015-04-27 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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