Audit shows problems in Scotland’s intensive psychiatric service

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3445
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    An audit of intensive psychiatric units in Scotland has made a series of recommendations on improving the service. It found that although the 14 units generally provide well structured and compassionate care, several issues need to be addressed.

    In particular, care may be compromised because of the mix of patients, which can include male sex offenders being looked after on the same unit as women and vulnerable young people. Some female patients said they felt uncomfortable in the predominantly male environment.

    Intensive psychiatric units …

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