Research Article

Experiment in managing sociopathic behaviour disorders.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: (Published 30 October 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:1056
  1. M Woodside,
  2. A Harrow,
  3. J V Basson,
  4. J W Affleck


    A ward catering for both sexes admitted patients with aggressive suicidal, or otherwise disturbed behaviour for observation and treatment until decisions could be made about their long-term needs. Patients were referred from the police, special hospitals, and the courts and some were transferred from other wards in the hospital. A third of the first 100 patients were admitted for forensic reasons. Twelve inmates were discharged to long-term accommodation for disturbed patients. The ward was intended to provide fairly short-term accommodation, though no time limits were set, and it was run as a medium secure unit. The ward was run by 16-18 nurses with support from medical teams, occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists. It has secured its status as a special unit within the hospital and will continue with the active support of the hospital staff.