The identification and management of suicide risk in local prisons

  title={The identification and management of suicide risk in local prisons},
  author={Jane Senior and Adrian Hayes and Daniel Pratt and Stuart D M Thomas and Thomas A. Fahy and Morven Leese and Alana Bowen and G Taylor and Gillian Lever-Green and Tanya M. Graham and Anna Pearson and Mukhtar Ahmed and Jenny Shaw},
  journal={The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry \& Psychology},
  pages={368 - 380}
  • J. SeniorA. Hayes J. Shaw
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
Abstract This study aimed to examine rates of mental illness and suicidal ideation in a random sample of prisoners in four UK prisons, and to examine the characteristics and quality of care received by prisoners identified as at current risk of suicide/self harm. Methods used were: cross-sectional study of mental illness and suicidal ideation in a random sample of prisoners, and in all prisoners specifically managed as a suicide risk; examination of suicide risk care plans; and comparative… 

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