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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)
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 The present study was designed to investigate the clinical and social outcomes for a group of individuals (n = 181) discharged into supported accommodation from three long-stay facilities in Queensland. METHOD Data were collected prospectively using a battery of standardized measures and individual interviews at 6 weeks pre-discharge and again(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on the development, testing and psychometric properties of a brief consumer satisfaction measure for use with psychiatric inpatients. METHOD Focus group discussions with inpatients were used to develop a pool of items related to satisfaction with hospital stay. A second cohort of 72 inpatients was invited to rate the 51 items that(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)
OBJECTIVE Our goal was to reduce the prevalence of antipsychotic medication side-effects by providing a short-term training program on the assessment and management of side-effects to case managers. METHOD Forty-four patients in receipt of community-based mental health services were allocated to comparison (n = 20) and intervention (n = 24) groups based(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to identify patient and environmental characteristics associated with absconding behaviour, and to gain an understanding of the behaviour from the patients' perspective. METHOD A prospective analysis of 77 consecutive incidents of absent-without-leave (AWOL) behaviour (n = 51 patients) was undertaken to develop a profile(More)
BIOGRAPHIES Sien-Chong WU is currently a Technical Group Leader in the Tracking Systems and Applications Section at JPL. He has been involved with the development of various tracking systems for deep-space as well as near-Earth space vehicles, and their applications to precision geodesy. His current interest is in the area of real-time wide-area(More)