Lorraine Feeney

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OBJECTIVE Both neurocognitive impairments and a history of childhood abuse are highly prevalent in patients with schizophrenia. Childhood trauma has been associated with memory impairment as well as hippocampal volume reduction in adult survivors. The aim of the following study was to examine the contribution of childhood adversity to verbal memory(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the level of procedural justice experienced by individuals at the time of involuntary admission and whether this influenced future engagement with the mental health services. METHODS Over a 15-month period, individuals admitted involuntarily were interviewed prior to discharge and at one-year follow-up. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Although patients with schizophrenia have increased rates of neurological soft signs, few studies have examined prospectively their trait or state characteristics in relation to psychopathology. METHOD In a prospective study of 97 patients with first-episode schizophrenia (DSM-IV criteria) we assessed neurological soft signs and psychopathology(More)
The environment of a hospital can have a significant impact on the experiences of patients. In March 2003 a new purpose built acute psychiatric admission unit opened on the site of Kilkenny General hospital, while the admission wards of the 2 local stand-alone psychiatric hospitals closed. We sought to compare admissions before and after the move,(More)
Parasuicide is an important predictor of future suicide. We collected information on all parasuicides presenting to the emergency department of a general hospital over a 3-month period. We examined detection rates, referral patterns and compared emergency department risk assessments of parasuicide with those of the psychiatric liaison team. We detected 123(More)
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