Journal article

A cluster analysis of people on Community Treatment Orders in Victoria, Australia

Lisa M Brophy, John E Reece, Fiona McDermott

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

This paper explores the clinical, social and demographic characteristics of 164 people on Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) in one area mental health service in Victoria, Australia. The results of an exploratory cluster analysis are presented to address the question of whether people on Community Treatment Orders can be categorised into statistically reliable, qualitatively distinct groupings. The data are presented in the context of key stakeholder perspectives on the current use and purpose of CTOs. Three stable clusters emerged and each potentially reflects how social dimensions, as well as clinical issues, influence decision making regarding the implementation of CTOs. These findings are..

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