The experience of long-stay patients in aforensic psychiatric hospital in China: aqualitative study
Background:Long stay in forensic psychiatric hospitals is common in patients who are defined as“not criminallyresponsible on account of mental disorder”. However, little is known about how these patients experience and perceivethe long stay within these settings. The aim of this study is to explore the perception and needs of long-stay patients inforensic psychiatric hospitals in China.Methods:In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 participants who had lived in the forensic psychiatryhospital for more than 8 years. We used thematic analysis strategies to analyse the qualitative data.Results:Participants’perceptions clustered seven themes: hopelessness, loneliness, worthlessness, low mood, sleepdisturbances, lack of freedom, and lack of mental health intervention.Conclusions:The views and opinions expressed by long-stay patients showed that psychological distress is prevailingin forensic psychiatric hospitals. Adequate and effective care and mental health interventions are recommended to betailored for their special needs.
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Citation : Zhong, S., Guo, H., Wang, Y., Cook, S., Chen, Y., Luo, C., Peng, K., Wang, F., Liang, X., Chen, H. and Li, Q., Zhou, J., Wang, X., Chen, R. (2019) The experience of long-stay patients in a forensic psychiatric hospital in China: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), pp.1-8.
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