The aim was to determine the number of referrals of people aged 55 and over to three forensic and psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) services in Scotland, and to describe their demographic, criminological and psychiatric characteristics. Of a total of 1838 referrals, 63 (3.4%) were aged 55 and over. Of these, 35 were referred for court reports or prison assessment and half had been charged with violent or sexual offences. Most were diagnosed as suffering from a psychiatric disorder at the time of assessment, 11 (31.4%) were admitted for further assessment. There were a further 28 admissions to PICU beds. Older adults form a small but important minority of referrals to forensic and PICU services. A single case register would aid further study in this area. Further exploration of the clinical needs of these patients would be useful.
McLeod, C., Yorston, G. and Gibb, R. (2008), "Referrals of older adults to forensic and psychiatric intensive care services: a retrospective case‐note study in Scotland", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 36-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200800006Download as .RIS
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