Psychiatric patients who kill have often refused treatmentBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6954.559a (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:559
- S Kingman
More than half of 22 people who committed murder soon after being discharged from inpatient psychiatric care had refused to take prescribed drugs or had failed to attend for treatment, a report commissioned by the Department of Health says. New measures proposed by the department to allow closer supervision of mentally ill people living in the community could help to reduce the risk of similar deaths in future, but these will be effective only if they are backed by the necessary resources, the report says (see editorial on page 551).
The Department of Health commissioned the confidential inquiry into homicides and suicides by mentally ill people in 1991 after an 11 year old …