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Forensic psychiatric assessment in selected Canadian cities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7139518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Forensic psychiatrists in six Canadian municipalities completed a single-page form following each court-ordered assessment conducted during the month of July 1978. A total of 248 cases accumulated during the study period. During the following 18 months researchers collected court dispositions on the sample. With data from all six cities pooled, 85% of patients were found fit to stand trail. Almost all, 96%, were accorded a diagnosis with 39% classified as psychotic. Overall the examining psychiatrists considered 36% to be dangerous to others in the future. When psychiatrists recommended a custodial setting, in 73% of cases the person was incarcerated. Recommendations for hospitalization were observed in 59% of cases. Although the data would seem to suggest that judges take psychiatrists' recommendations into account, the investigators were nonetheless struck by the general lack of communication between clinic and court. They offer a number a number of suggestions for improvement.
C D Webster; R J Menzies; B T Butler; R E Turner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0706-7437     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1982 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-01-19     Completed Date:  1983-01-19     Revised Date:  2007-08-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904187     Medline TA:  Can J Psychiatry     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  455-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
Dangerous Behavior
Forensic Psychiatry*
Insanity Defense
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
Referral and Consultation

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