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Offending in psychiatric patients after discharge from medium secure units: Language used to describe results is misleading

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.685 (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:685
  1. Thomas Marshall (Thomas.Marshall@nottshc.nhs.uk), specialist registrar
  1. Department of Learning Disability, Byron House, Newark Hospital, Boundary Road, Newark NG24 4DE

    EDITOR—The study by Maden et al adds to limited knowledge on the risk of further offending in patients discharged from medium secure units,1 but the results are reported in a misleading way.

    Maden et al claim that only 6% of discharged patients commit a violent offence in the two years after discharge. …

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