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NCJ Number: 31410 Find in a Library
Title: PSYCHIATRIC REFERRALS FROM THE POLICE
Journal: BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY  Volume:127  Dated:(AUGUST 1975)  Pages:171-178
Author(s): A C P SIMS; R L SYMONDS
Corporate Author: Royal College of Psychiatrists
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Royal College of Psychiatrists
London W.1, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: STUDY OF MENTALLY DISTURBED PERSONS ENTERED INTO PSYCHIATRIC CARE UPON REFERRAL BY POLICE IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND.
Abstract: THE ANNUAL RATE OF POLICE REFERRAL WAS EXAMINED FROM 1962-1973 INCLUSIVE. THE SAMPLE OF REFERRALS FOR ONE 12 MONTH PERIOD WAS STUDIED TO SURVEY SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS, THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POLICE INTERVENTION AND AREAS OF THE CITY, THE NATURE OF THE SITUATION REQUIRING INTERVENTION AND THE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT WHICH THESE PATIENTS RECEIVED. THE REFERRALS WERE TRACED FROM CONTACT WITH THE MENTAL WELFARE OFFICER TO HOSPITAL WHERE THE CASE NOTES OF THOSE ADMITTED WERE STUDIED FOR LEGAL STATUS AND MENTAL STATE ON ADMISSION, DIAGNOSIS, LENGTH OF STAY, AND DISPOSITION. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS METHOD OF ENTERING TREATMENT IS ASSESSED AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE TO IMPROVE BOTH REFERRAL PRACTICES AND TREATMENT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): England; Mental disorders; Police discretion; Police diversion; Psychiatric services; Psychological evaluation; Referral services
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