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The outcome of rough sleepers with mental health problems admitted to a psychiatric ward

  • Zoë C. Graham (a1), Frankie S. Salton-Cox (a2) and Peter D. White (a3)
Abstract
Aims and method

To describe the outcome of rough sleepers admitted to an acute psychiatric ward; the professional most involved with the person was interviewed.

Results

Eleven out of 12 people admitted with a psychosis were accommodated and in touch with mental health services at follow-up (median of 21 months) compared with two out of 10 people, admitted without a psychosis, accommodated and four out of 10 people in touch with mental health services.

Clinical implications

Psychiatric admission with good aftercare is worthwhile for rough sleepers with a psychosis, even if it requires involuntary admission.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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The outcome of rough sleepers with mental health problems admitted to a psychiatric ward

  • Zoë C. Graham (a1), Frankie S. Salton-Cox (a2) and Peter D. White (a3)
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