Unauthorised absences from leave from an Australian security hospital

Scott, Russ, Goel, Vikram, Neillie, Darren, Stedman, Terry and Meehan, Tom (2014) Unauthorised absences from leave from an Australian security hospital. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 2: 170-173. doi:10.1177/1039856214522529

Author Scott, Russ
Goel, Vikram
Neillie, Darren
Stedman, Terry
Meehan, Tom
Title Unauthorised absences from leave from an Australian security hospital
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856214522529
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 170
End page 173
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To consider incidents relating to absences without permission from authorised leave from a security hospital.

Method: A retrospective audit over a 10-year period of all critical incidents relating to leave from the High Security Inpatient Services, Brisbane, Australia.

Results: There has been a low incidence of patients absenting themselves without permission from leave. Of the 12 patients who went absent without permission over the 10-year study period, only one patient was reported to have committed an offence and no patient seriously self-harmed.

Conclusions: Attention to patient selection and risk management strategies have been effective in minimising the risk to patients and to the community as a direct result of absences without permission from authorised leave.
Keyword Escorted leave
Unauthorised absences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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