HEALTH AND CARE OF MENTALLY DISORDERED OFFENDERS
Scoping review of literature on the health and care of mentally disordered offenders
This scoping review was commissioned as one of four in a series designed to lay out the state of the current literature on mentally disordered offenders.
The main aim of the review was to give a broad picture of the key issues in this area, and the extent to which there are important gaps which need further research.The seven areas covered in this scoping review were: an overview of developments in the field; the statutory framework; existing provision for mentally disordered offenders; descriptions of populations of mentally disordered offenders; causal and preventative studies; pathways into and out of care; and effectiveness research.
It was obvious from the outset that this is a disparate and dislocated literature, and despite the four reviews, there is still a strong need for further overviews. We have only been able to touch on some of the important areas and the chapters in this review do not themselves provide definitive overviews - this simply would not have been possible given the resources of this project.Conducted by: CRD and the Policy Research Bureau, London
PublicationsNHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Scoping review of literature on the health and care of mentally disordered offenders. CRD Report 16. York: University of York. 1999
Commissioned by the High Security Psychiatric Services Commissioning Board