Time to close down locked wards? Risks of suicide and absconding not reduced in locked wards

Monday, 05 December 2016

Lancet_Psychaitry_info_graphic._526_x_272_jpgConfirming what has been known across Britain's black communities for many years now, that coercion and detention is nether therapeutic or aids recovery, a 15 year observational study published in the Lancet Psychiatry that has seen little mainstream media attention shows that there is very little or any evidence to show locked wards prevent people committing suicide or absconding, rather an open-door policy may foster a better therapeutic atmosphere and thus promote better health outcomes.

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