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Twenty-seven patients undergoing treatment in a high-secure forensic facility participated in focus group interviews to elicit their perceptions of (1) the factors leading to aggressive behaviour; and (2) strategies to reduce the risk of such behaviour. The focus group interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and analysed using content analysis. The(More)
The aim of this study was to explore clinician reactions to (i) the introduction of routine outcome measures and (ii) the utility of outcomes data in clinical practice. Focus group discussions (n = 34) were conducted with mental health staff (n = 324) at approximately 8 months post implementation of routine outcome measures. A semi-structured interview(More)
The concept of recovery is now widely promoted as the guiding principle for the provision of mental health services in Australia and overseas. While there is increasing pressure on service providers to ensure that services are recovery oriented, the way in which recovery-based practice is operationalized at the coalface presents a number of challenges.(More)
The present study explored residents' perceptions of life in boarding houses within the Central Sydney Area Health Service. A purposeful sample of 14 people with a mental illness participated in semistructured interviews. The transcribed interviews were analysed for lifestyle issues to increase understanding of the factors that impact on quality of life(More)
OBJECTIVE This Australian study was designed to assess the effectiveness of a consumer-led recovery training program. METHODS A non-equivalent control group study design was used to assess changes in recovery knowledge and attitudes pre-training, immediately post-training, and at 6 months post-training. RESULTS Relative to the comparison group, those(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and magnitude of weight changes pre- and post-clozapine and to explore the ability of demographic and clinical factors to predict weight gain at 12 months post-clozapine. METHOD Weight changes in a sample of 51 patients were assessed at 3 months pre-clozapine, at baseline, and at 3 and 12 months(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate reactions of general practitioners (GPs) and their patients to the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). METHOD A descriptive, exploratory approach was employed using discussion groups with 25GPs and individual interviews with 19 patients receiving treatment through the MHNIP. All discussion groups and interviews were audio(More)
Cytosolic sulfotransferases catalyze the sulfonation of hormones, metabolites, and xenobiotics. Many of these proteins have been shown to form homodimers and heterodimers. An unusually small dimer interface was previously identified by Petrotchenko et al. (FEBS Lett 2001;490:39-43) by cross-linking, protease digestion, and mass spectrometry and verified by(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of a multi-strategy approach on the management of patient aggression and staff injury rates at a stand-alone mental health facility. METHODS A multi-strategy aggression management program was developed and introduced over a 2-year period. The program had four components; staff education/training, a staff support program,(More)