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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)
Inhibin A and B are dimeric proteins capable of suppressing FSH both in vitro and in vivo. The principal form in the male is inhibin B which is produced in the testis and circulates to inhibit pituitary FSH secretion. Activin A, B and AB are dimeric proteins that share the same beta subunits with the inhibins but, in contrast, stimulate FSH secretion.(More)
While the early studies of the inhibins, activins and follistatins concentrated on their role as endocrine regulators of FSH secretion, recent data has emphasized the local actions of the activins and follistatin. Inhibin, through its capacity to suppress FSH secretion can modulate numerous processes within the testis. However, to date, evidence to support(More)
The salt-induced formation of duplex structure (primarily hairpin loops) in denatured calf thymus DNA was monitored by measuring the decrease in absorbance at 260 nm as a function of increasing sodium ion concentration. It was found that this process was noncooperative and could be accurately described by the mass-action expression for the reversible(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the outcomes for a group of elderly patients with mental illness following their discharge from a stand-alone psychiatric facility to seven extended care units (ECUs). METHOD All patients (n=60) who were relocated to the ECUs were assessed using a number of standardized clinical and general functioning instruments at 6 months and 6(More)