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Effectiveness of high-secure forensic care

What we are doing:

The quantitative phase of the study will retrospectively examine a range of patient predictor variables to evaluate the effectiveness of high-secure forensic care in terms of risk reduction, reduced mental health symptomology and improved functioning. The qualitative phase, uses semi structured interviews to investigate patient’s views of barriers and facilitators of effective care.

Why we are doing it: 

The effectiveness of interventions in high-secure forensic care has been difficult to evidence and categorically define, with a lack of comprehensive outcome data limiting intervention evaluation. This research aims to gain an understanding of how a range of causal factors may act as either barriers or facilitators of effective care in high-secure forensic care. 

What the benefits will be:

High-secure forensic care is costly, with average length of patient stay being approximately eight years. Patients have great restrictions placed on their everyday lives and are isolated from family and friends. In providing a greater understanding of what works in patient care and what gets in the way of treatment,  it is hoped this research will contribute to reducing the length of patient stay, with benefits for patients and society. 

Who we are working with:

  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare 
  • Rampton Hospital
  • University of Nottingham 


John Guite 


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