Prevalence of mental disorder in remand prisoners: consecutive case study

  title={Prevalence of mental disorder in remand prisoners: consecutive case study},
  author={Luke Birmingham and Debbie Mason and D. H. Grubin},
  pages={1521 - 1524}
Abstract Objective: To define the prevalence of mental disorder and need for psychiatric treatment in new remand prisoners and to determine to what extent these are recognised and addressed in prison. Design: Study of consecutive male remand prisoners at reception using a semistructured psychiatric interview. Setting: Large remand prison for men (HMP Durham). Subjects: 569 men aged 21 years and over on remand, awaiting trial. Main outcome measures—Prevalence of mental disorder at reception… 

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