Journal article

Absconding from Public Mental Health Inpatient Units - Who Does it, and why?

Sonja Cabarkapa, Raja Sadhu, Joel King, Nathan Dowling, Raghavakurup Radhakrishnan, Akinsola Akinbiyi, Ravindra Srinivasaraju, Dean Stevenson

Psychiatric Quarterly | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Patients who abscond from acute inpatient psychiatric wards put themselves and others at risks of variable nature and severity. There is a limited understanding of what motivates them to do so. The research in this area is limited and predominantly outdated. To better understand the characteristics, patterns and predictors of people who abscond from hospital, this study compared absconding and non-absconding patients in a tertiary public hospital. Demographic and clinical characteristics were audited for patients who absconded (n = 159) and who did not abscond (n = 100) throughout a 2-year period. Patients who absconded in the public settings were more likely to be male, have suffered from a..

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